Thursday, 17th September 2009
Landlady suffered scratches after assault
By Marie Baker
Thursday, 10.40am – THE landlady of a Grantham watering hole was assaulted by a mother-of-two as she forced her to leave the pub.
It was while behind the bar of the Royal Queen in Belton Lane one July evening that the victim was approached by Claire Brennan, 28, of Tom Childs Close, Grantham.
Grantham magistrates heard on Wednesday how an aggressive Brennan asked the landlady “what’s your daughter’s problem?”.
Replying that her daughter “has her own opinions” and bringing up the issue of a tab held by Brennan, the defendant began shouting and swearing.
Gill Derby, prosecuting, said: “The victim asked Miss Brennan to leave and things got heated.
“She took hold of Miss Brennan by the arm and she then became more aggressive.
“The victim thought she was going to leave but then she caught her face, causing scratches on the left side of the face.”
Chris Milligan, defending, said his client “acted recklessly rather than intentionally”.
He added: “At the time, she was suffering from post-natal depression and she was on anti-depressant medication. She had had three glasses of wine when the argument took place.
“The landlady physically removed her from the pub and there appeared to be pushing and shoving on both sides.”
As a mother on child benefit, Brennan shouldn’t get a financial penalty, said Mr Milligan. Chairman Peter Freeman later agreed.
He said: “In view of what Mr Milligan has said on your behalf, we are going to accept his suggestion that we should give you a conditional discharge.
“It was an early guilty plea and it didn’t seem it was an intentional assault.”
Brennan was given 12 months’ conditional discharge.
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- Last Updated: 17 September 2009 10:32 AM
- Source: Grantham Journal
- Location: Grantham