A pub customer punched a staff member on the back of her head when she refused to serve him - days after the Moon on the Square pub barred him for urinating in the premises.
Andrew Miller pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday to the February 20 assault of a barmaid and is due to be sentenced on Thursday May 6.
District judge Tim Daber told him ‘all sentencing options are possible’ when adjourning proceedings for probation reports yesterday as he said Miller had a ‘substantial record of violence’.
Prosecuting, Vicki Walker said that at around 10.20pm on Thursday, February 20, Miller, 51, of Candace Court, Duston, Northampton, entered the Wetherspoons- owned Moon on the Square having already drunk several pints of beer.
Miss Walker said: “The barmaid told him he wasn’t allowed in the pub. She told him he had urinated up most of the bar before and was not welcome.
“He denied this.
“He started to move towards the victim then, and she began to move away from him.
“He then swung a punch to the back of her head.”
Under interview after his arrest Miller said he had drunk seven pints and admitted he knew he was banned but tried to go in there nonetheless. He also apologised to the barmaid, saying he did not intend to hit her. Defending for Miller, Ron Mineards said the punch did not connect “with any great force”, although he acknowledged the attack would have been upsetting.
Mr Mineards said his client, who suffers from epilepsy, had a background of mental health problems and anxiety. Miller, he said, currently lives in ‘supported accommodation’ and has been seeing a psychiatrist.
Miller was bailed on the condition he does not attempt to make contact with the victim, or enter the Moon on the Square.