Man admits assaulting ex-girlfriends in pub

A MAN lashed out at two ex-girlfriends in a pub.

Drunken Jason Roberts came across Sandra Wood and Kayleigh O’Donnell in the Shoulder of Mutton pub, in Easington Village, after they had been to a social evening and decided to end their night in the bar.

Durham Crown Court was told the incident happened at about 11pm on April 9 when Roberts picked up a stool and swung it near Ms O’Donnell.

He later claimed he had meant to strike someone else with the seat.

He also picked up a glass and flung it towards Ms Wood, spilling the drink and hitting her in the face, cutting her ear.

When he was arrested Roberts, of Dahlia Crescent, Easington Colliery, claimed he had not used the glass and it was his hand that connected with her. But prosecutors rejected this version of events.

David Crook, prosecuting, said another customer in the pub, Kelly Anderson, feared she would be assaulted as she watched the drama unfold.

Roberts then pushed passed her and caught her in the face in the pool room.

The 27-year-old picked up a pool cue and swung it, hitting her on the back of the leg.

Mr Crooks said there had been a scene of “general mayhem” and paramedics attended the scene to offer first aid to Ms Wood. She declined to go to hospital.

The court heard Roberts has previous convictions for assaulting a police officer and causing grievous bodily harm. But he had not been before a court accused of violence for eight years.

He admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of assault by beating.

Annalise Haugstad, mitigating, said Roberts had signed up to a three-day residential detox programme with the support of his GP to address his drink problem.

Sentencing, Recorder Graeme Hyland told him: “This was, as you know, a particularly-disgraceful incident in a public house when you were heavily intoxicated.

“There, a number of people suffered physical injuries, women you know.”

He gave Roberts a 12–month community order with supervision and ordered him to take the thinking skills programme.