Thug Lewis Curran attacked landlord in pub car park
The 20-year-old has a history of violence and has now been jailed
A thug with a history of violent behaviour punched a landlord in the face in the car park of a Derbyshire pub.
Derby Crown Court heard how Lewis Curran lashed out at the victim who had come to try and calm him down because he was arguing loudly with his girlfriend.
Faye Mellor, prosecuting, said one witnesses said the landlord was “acting calmly” when Curran “punched him out of the blue” to the right side of the jaw.
She said the force of the blow caused the victim to “rock backwards” but did not floor him.
But the offence put Curran in breach of a suspended sentence which was imposed last year for breaking a man’s nose in a nightclub.
Jailing the 20-year-old for three months, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “Last year you were handed a suspended sentence for an assault and you have amassed a record for violence.
“You were very lucky indeed to be handed that suspended sentence and some trust was placed in you.
“Now you have breached that with another unprovoked incident of violence on someone who was doing nothing more than trying to stop you behaving in a bullish way.”
Miss Mellor said Curran was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm in November 2016.
She said that offence saw him break a man’s nose in an attack at the Beach Bar in Chesterfield in June, 2016.
But just four months into that sentence, on March 25 this year, he was arguing with his partner in the car park of The Ark pub, in Brimington.
Miss Mellor said: “The landlord went outside and approached the defendant whose girlfriend said he was trying to get her to leave.
“The landlord told the defendant she was okay to stay but he had to leave and that made him more and more agitated.
“He punched the landlord in what one witness said was a blow that came out of the blue and caused the landlord to rock backwards.
“The defendant left but was recognised by a number of witnesses who alerted the police when they arrived at the scene.”
Miss Mellor said Curran, of Hereford Drive, Brimington, was arrested and in interview accepted he had been in the pub car park and struck out because he felt he was being confronted by a number of people and acted in self-defence.
He denied common assault but was found guilty of the charge at a trial and pleaded guilty to being in breach of his suspended sentence.
Richard Veni, for unemployed Curran, said the assault was his client’s first and only breach of the suspended sentence order and since it happened, in March, he had not been in trouble again.
He said: “He is trying to move on with his life and not reoffend.”