A Grimsby man threatened door staff at a popular pub and told them he would “burn their house down” in a shocking night of chaos.
Paul Jones, 24, of Boulevard Way in Grimsby was on a night out on August Bank Holiday weekend last year when he threatened the bouncers at The Bank in Bethlehem Street with a broken glass bottle, telling them he would burn their houses down.
This came after he had already hurled racist abuse at a taxi driver and punched another.
Prosecuting, Paul Genney, told Grimsby Crown Court on Thursday that Jones first got angry when a taxi driver drove away from him.
He said: “He had been banned from the pub [The Bank] and was trying to get into a taxi but because of his behaviour the first taxi pulled away and he shouted ‘f*** off you p*** c***.’
“He approached another taxi and told that driver ‘Tell that p*** I’m going to kill him.’
“He tried to get in but the driver told him he wasn’t taking him anywhere. The driver’s window was open and Jones threw a punch, just grazing him. The taxi driver had seen enough and drove off. He did not have any injuries.”
It was then that Jones started to threaten the door staff at the pub, shouting ‘I’ll knock you out and all you fat c***’ before trying to punch one staff member.
An unknown man then appeared and punched Jones, knocking out three teeth and causing him to bleed.
Mr Genney said: “He was dragged to his feet by his friends and they made off towards the railway station.”
But Jones was soon back, this time carrying a broken glass bottle.
Mr Genney told the court: “He was threatening the door staff and they were shouting at him to put the bottle down. One tried to kick it out of his hand and missed, striking him in the chest instead. The defendant then dropped the bottle and was staggering about, continuing his abuse.
“He tried to get into the rear door which was locked.”
Customers at the pub were told not to leave as Jones shouted at the door staff: “I’m going to cut your head off with a machete and stab you in the neck and burn down your house.”
One of the bouncers told the court in a victim impact statement that he was worried for the safety of his family due to the level of threats Jones was spouting.
Jones was arrested in November and told officers he could not remember the incident as he had drunk a bottle of vodka and some lager. He was released on bail but in January this year was stopped by Humberside Police and made admissions to them, telling officers he had been banned from driving in September and had borrowed the car but was not insured to drive it.
The court heard Jones has 19 previous convictions for 34 convictions including harassment.
Mitigating, Craig Lowe told the court: “The defendant was assaulted by somebody who had punched him with a very forceful blow to the face.
“He went back into the pub and had been allowed to do so by the door staff. He had three teeth knocked out and a cut to his face and was very unhappy he had been assaulted by someone he did not know. He saw the broken bottle – he didn’t break it – and he picked it up and moved a few yards to the entrance.
“He is still a young man. His record does him no credit at all but he has nothing for affray on it. He has two children. He now has a chance to reflect on his drinking and he is concerned that if he behaves like this again it will prejudice him seeing his children which are very much his focus.”
Recorder Tahir Khan QC jailed Jones for a year for affray, common assault, possession of an offensive weapon and driving with no insurance.
He told Jones: “You have a very bad record for offending.
“It was wholly unacceptable behaviour on your part. I know you are very sorry for the way you behaved that Bank Holiday weekend and a lot of people were upset by the way you behaved.”
Jones will serve up to half of his sentence in custody, minus the amount of time he has been remanded, before being released on licence in the community.
Source – Grimsby Telegraph