Pub ‘bully’ sentenced

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court
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A pubgoer from Norton who caused a fellow punter to suffer a bleed on the brain when he pushed him to the floor was labelled a ‘bully’ by a judge.

Pensioner Roy Griffiths, of Watling Street, Norton, had been attending a wake for a former landlord at the Dun Cow in Daventry on March 16, 2013, when he got into a row with another man.

CCTV footage first showed the 62-year-old headbutt his victim in a corridor of the pub before the injured man was removed from the premises by staff.

When Griffiths left the premises he encountered the victim again waiting outside in the car park assuming a ‘boxing stance’. He pushed the man, causing him to hit his head on the floor and suffer a bleed to the brain.

At Northampton Crown Court this week, Judge Rupert Mayo handed Griffiths, who was found guilty of actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm at a trial earlier in the year, a two-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay £1,500 of compensation to the injured man.

Griffiths is also barred from attending any on-licenced premises that serve 
alcohol, including restaurants, for the next nine months.

Judge Mayo said: “I conclude, having heard everything and listened to the jury, that you are a bully. What you did was entirely unacceptable and out of proportion to any threat that your victim posed.”

In mitigation, Mark Nicholls, said the 62-year-old had only left the pub at that time because he “simply wanted to go home”. He added: “He [Griffiths] is well respected, not only by his friends, but by his former employer as well.”