Landlord of Northampton pub headbutted during violent attack

The hearing was held at Northampton Magistrates Court
The hearing was held at Northampton Magistrates Court

A plumber who headbutted the landlord of a pub in Northampton has been ordered to complete 180 hours unpaid work.

Sam Hawes, aged 26, of The Inlands, Daventry, was drinking in The Squirrels pub in Duston on April 25 when he was asked to move by the landlord as he was blocking the entrance to the bar.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard the landlord then asked Hawes and his friend to leave the pub and Hawes, a plumber, then headbutted him on the side of the face.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said the landlord suffered a cut to his mouth.

Hawes threw punches at the landlord but these did not cause any further significant injury.

Hawes pleaded guilty to assault at an earlier hearing and was ordered to pay £150 compensation to the landlord.

At that hearing, prosecutor Vicki Walker described the incident. She said: “Customers are gathering round the bar area and without any warning, the defendant headbutts the landlord to the face.

“It causes his lip to split. The defendant is then seen throwing punches at the landlord.”

Hawes must also pay costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £60.

- A previous version of this story stated that the defendant’s girlfriend was working at the bar at the time of the incident. While correct, we have been asked to clarify that she had no involvement in the incident whatsoever and there was no intention to imply otherwise.