Woman admits burglary and assault at Nelson pub

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A drunken pub raider threatened the boss, attacked her daughter and smashed a window after she was thrown out, a court heard.

Amy Cowburn (24) who was already banned from the Station Hotel in Hibson Road in Nelson, had twice gone behind the bar, where she snatched a bottle of rosé wine and an energy drink.

The landlady, who was watching CCTV of the premises upstairs, came down towards where her daughter Toni Thompson was working and Cowburn swore and threatened: “I might be small, but I have taken on bigger then her. She is a small fish in a big pond.”

Burnley magistrates were told how Cowburn, who was shouting she had a knife, challenged the mother and daughter: “Make me get out”.

When Miss Thompson took hold of her by the arm, she grabbed her by the throat so she was struggling to breathe. The defendant didn’t know what she had done until she woke up later in a police cell.

Jobless Cowburn, who now has 50 offences on her record, has had a drink problem and smokes cannabis every day and was ejected from Colne Blues Festival earlier in the year.

She appeared in the dock from custody, but won her freedom. The defendant, of Lee Road, Nelson, admitted burglary at the pub and stealing the wine and drink worth £25, assaulting Miss Thompson by beating and damaging a pane of glass to the value of £100, all on November 27th.

An allegation of assaulting a civilian detention officer was dropped by the prosecution.

Cowburn was given a 12-month community order, with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement with the probation service. She was fined £40 and was ordered to pay £125 compensation and £85 costs.

The bench chairman told her: “You have got problems with alcohol. They will be there to support you.” She replied: “Thank you very much.”

Keith Rennison, in mitigation for Cowburn, told the court: “She is somebody who has had a problem with alcohol, somebody who probably shouldn’t drink. She used to drink to excess in her younger days and clearly wants to leave it behind. Clearly, alcohol doesn’t work for her. She wishes to abstain and it is something she wants some help with.

“She didn’t have a knife. It’s just the drunken rambling of a young girl showing herself up. She got a cut above her eye as a result of the punch administered by the bar person at the public house. She would say she got what she deserved.”

Mr Rennison, who said Cowburn’s record was “littered with drink-related offences”, added: “She is looking to try and get into work and wants to be a more useful member of society. She wasn’t equipped for burglary or carrying weapons. It was a matter conducted on impulse.”

“The criminal damage was a petulant act on her behalf, having been ejected from a public house.”