Drinker lands in the dock after brawl outside pub

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A BRAWL outside a pub has landed a Wigan man an exclusion order.

David William Darwen, 26, of Longbrook, Shevington, pleaded guilty to assaulting the landlord of the Horseshoe Inn, Standish, and using threatening behaviour when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told magistrates that on July 22 last year, Darwen was at The Horseshoe Inn, in Wigan Road, with his girlfriend Naomi Walsh and felt there was a “bad atmosphere” and he wanted to leave.

He went outside and when Miss Walsh did not follow, he grabbed her by the waist and took her outside, which he admitted could be seen as threatening behaviour.

Drinkers at the pub and the landlord, Christopher Jones, followed and an altercation occurred.

Mrs Kearsley said: “When outside a woman grabbed him and kicked him and he pushed her away.

“The landlord attempted to restrain the defendant who was kicking and punching in every direction.

“One punch landed in Mr Jones’ stomach and caused soreness and redness.

“Witnesses said he headbutted wooden tables and the floor, but the defendant did not remember this,”

Mrs Kearsley added that Smalley had one previous conviction, but had not been in trouble since 2004.

Bob Topping, defending, said that Darwen had mental health problems and is seeking treatment.

Darwen was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Jones and £85 court costs.

He was also banned from entering the Horseshoe Inn, in Standish.