Threats to police after beer and burger order
A FATHER and son have been banned from a Tiverton pub after threatening staff and police, a court heard.
Christopher Goldsborough, 41, from St Smythen Street, Exeter, and his son Jack, 20, from St Peter Street, faced several charges after the incident at the White Ball Inn, Bridge Street.
Tempers flared after Chris Goldsborough was refused service because staff thought he had been giving drinks to a minor.
Debbie Hodges, prosecuting, said: "It seems they were both in drink prior to entering.
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"Jack Goldsborough picked up a chair and slammed it against the bar, causing damage.
"Officers described Chris as being aggressive and he had a red cola can which he ripped in half and said, 'if you lay a hand on me, I'll smash this in your face'.
"It is certainly clear the behaviour exhibited was abusive and threatening to those in the pub and police."
Gareth Owens, defending Jack Goldsborough, said the incident happened after 9pm on May 10 and that minors must leave the bar by that time.
He said: "My client went to the bar and ordered pints of beer for him and his father and some food – burgers, chips and what have you – and he handed over £15, which was the price.
"The food was put in front of them at the bar and then they were told to leave for trying to obtain alcohol for somebody underage. They denied it."
The Goldsboroughs were told to leave without a refund "which set them off", the court heard.
Jack Goldsborough, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and an assault charge against a staff member was dropped.
Chris Goldsborough admitted threatening behaviour but two charges of assaulting two members of staff and a second public order charge were dropped.
Mr Owens said there were "horrendous issues with regard to CCTV" and footage from the night could not be found. As a result all charges apart from the more serious public order offence were dropped.
Caroline Salvatore, defending Chris Goldsborough, said he has a history of drug and alcohol problems but has been clean for around two-and-a-half years. "On the day of the offence he had been off alcohol for a long time so when he resumed it had a large impact on him," she said. "They were there for two hours without incident and Christopher Goldsborough can recall larking around, putting his arms over his head and pirouetting like a sugarplum fairy.
"It was a wrongful belief they had a younger person in their party and it was the pub's decision to say here's your food, here's your money, and now leave."
She said Christopher Goldsborough suffers from anxiety, has had a psychiatric assessment since the incident and now wants to give "something back to society."
Christopher Goldsborough received a community order and was ordered to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. He was banned from the pub for a year.
His son was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the pub, a £15 victim surcharge and has been given a nine-month conditional discharge, instead of 12, for his guilty plea. He has been banned from the pub for 12 months.
The chairman of the magistrates told Jack Goldsborough: "I am fully aware this is your first court conviction, I have taken that into account, but it was a thoroughly unpleasant incident when you were in drink in licensed premises."
Jack Goldsborough said: "How would I go about making a counter claim for my food? I don't even want to go back to Wetherspoons because they are thieves."
The court told him: "I expect the feeling is mutual."