Spared jail for pub attack

A PUB yob who fractured a drinker’s jaw after he was told to leave because he was already barred has narrowly avoided jail.

Anthony Chapman punched customer Peter Barwick in the face when he was ordered out of The Rossmere pub in Hartlepool.

Chapman, 23, had gone to the pub in Balmoral Road with two friends on February 24 despite being barred.

He lashed out after staff realised he should not have been served and was told to leave.

Jacqueline Edwards, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “There was some discussion between the bar maid and the defendant.

“Mr Barwick intervened and told the defendant he was not going to get served so he might as well leave. There was some discussion before Mr Barwick was struck by the defendant once to the face.”

Chapman and his two pals then left the pub.

Mr Barwick blacked out briefly and went to the University Hospital of Hartlepool, before being transferred to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough.

He suffered two fractures of his lower jaw and underwent surgery.

Chapman, a roofer, was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Barwick, but was spared being sent straight to prison.

Conor Quinn, mitigating, said: “This is a young man who acted wholly out of character on that night.

“When he was told of the consequences and asked by the officer how he felt the word he used was ‘terrible’.

“It was an over reaction at being told to leave. He has been remorseful from the outset and he is willing and able to pay compensation for his actions that night.”

Chapman, of Annandale Crescent, Hartlepool, was given 12 months prison suspended for 18 months with 12-months probation supervision and 250-hours unpaid work.

Judge Peter Bowers said: “I’m not going to send you to prison today.

“You were within a whisker of going to prison. You have got off once, you are not going to get off again.

“Just sort yourself out.”