A SITE manager who threw a bar stool across a Hereford pub and headbutted a door worker has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds.

Daniel Jones entered guilty pleas to two counts of criminal damage, two counts of assault by beating, and one count of assaulting an emergency worker when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford in February.

Hereford Times:

Jones and a friend had entered The Wellington pub in Hereford's Widemarsh Street at around 9pm on January 12, prosecutor Eleanor Peart said.

But when the pub decided to stop serving his friend and the pair were asked to leave at around 10.30pm, Jones picked up a bar stool, throwing it across the room and into a window.

A member of door staff intervened, attempting to grab Jones to remove him from the pub, but was headbutted by Jones, leaving him with a chipped tooth.

A witness who tried to intervene was also grabbed by Jones, who ripped his hoodie, while another member of pub staff was slapped by Jones.

Police were called to the pub and took Jones to the floor, but an officer was kicked by the defendant as they tried to restrain him, the court heard.

In interview, project site manager Jones made no comment.


Marilena Di Vitantonio, for Jones, said the 37-year-old did not remember what had happened and could only assume that he had been spiked.

"It was out of character," she said, pointing out that while Jones does have a previous conviction for resisting a constable, that matter dates back to 2006.

"He says it is not usual for him to not remember what has happened after he has been drinking, and he did ask for a drug test at the police station but that did not happen."

She said he had kicked the police officer because he was flailing his limbs around.

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The court heard from a probation report that the offences did not meet the custody threshold, that there was no pattern of offending that would justify an order being imposed, and that unpaid work would be difficult for Jones as he is in full-time employment and often works away from home.

Jones, of Crown Estate, Lloc, Clwyd, was fined £1,338 and ordered to pay compensation of £320 to The Wellington, £350 to the door worker, £80 to the hoodie owner, £100 to the police officer, and £30 to the staff member.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185 and a £615 victim surcharge.