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A booze-fuelled thug who punched a friend through a broken window has told a court that he blamed alcohol for his bad behaviour.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on September 13 how Liam Cooper, 31, of Cornwall Drive, Brimington, Chesterfield, was arrested by police after the attack at the Butcher’s Arms, at Brimington, Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Emma Price said: “It was August 22 in the early hours of the morning when officers were called after a report that the defendant had smashed a window and they arrived and saw he was under the influence of alcohol.

“They tried to stop him speaking to others and he was trying to get away and he had to be restrained.”

Mrs Price added that Cooper was being aggressive and he was removed from the pub and as the complainant was trying to calm him down he was punched threw a window and the glass was smashed.

Cooper screamed and swore and threatened police when they arrived, according to Mrs Price, and he had to be taken to the ground and restrained.

The defendant complained that the complainant had been goading him from behind the pub window and he had reacted and he was sorry for what he had done.

Mrs Price added that the defendant also told one of the officers that he was going to break his nose.

Cooper later told police that he blamed his behaviour on alcohol and he claimed that he did not behave that way normally.

The defendant, who has previous convictions from between 2005 to 2011 including public order offences, pleaded guilty to damaging a window, using threatening behaviour towards a police officer and admitted the assault.

Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said: “He’s remained out of trouble for the last seven years. There are similar offences on his record but he has done a lot to change.”

Mrs Coats added that Cooper had not intended to cause the assault but he did so when he punched the window in temper.

She said: “The gentleman in the pub is a long-standing friend he’s known for years and they have made-up.”

The court heard that the defendant, who has paid for the damage caused, suffers from a head injury which affects his ability to control his temper.

He said: “I have changed. I have been a bit of a lunatic when I was younger. I have apologised to the police and I was out of order but drink is a dangerous thing. I do not know how it is legal. That is why I don’t drink usually because that’s what happens to me.”

Magistrates fined Cooper £240 and ordered him to pay a £30 victim surcharge, £85 costs and £125 compensation.

Cooper added: “That was a dear night wasn’t it?”

Derbyshire Times

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.

 Lewis Curran has been jailed for three months (Image: Derbyshire police)

Lewis Curran has been jailed for three months (Image: Derbyshire police)

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.”
Derby Telegraph