Brawl over pub meal lands man in court

Date: Friday 26th April 2019

A DISPUTE over a pub meal led to a brawl between a customer and a member of staff at a Patterdale pub, magistrates heard on Tuesday.

James Edward Merrick Mee (39), Lincoln Street, Worksop, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, but a further charge of assault on Ashley Watson was withdrawn after the prosecution said Mr Watson was also accused of assaulting both Mee and his wife, Caroline.

The court was told that a review of the evidence suggested “they were both as bad as each other” and the magistrates formally withdrew the assault charges against both men.

The court heard that the criminal damage had taken place during an altercation at the White Lion, after Mee had given feedback on the meal he and his wife had eaten there while on holiday.

A barmaid had offered a refund as he had not enjoyed part of the meal, but then Ashley Watson had accused them of eating and then refusing to pay for their meal, the magistrates were told.

The court heard that a bottle of Hendrick’s gin and a bottle of Boe Violet gin were both damaged by Mee during the altercation.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge, but ordered to pay £55 in compensation for the gin, £85 in court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.