Man assaulted landlord after he was spotted with drugs

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A MAN assaulted a landlord after he was spotted with drugs in the toilets of a Hemsworth pub, a court heard.

Luke Lockett, 21, of Grange View, Hemsworth, was celebrating a friend’s birthday in the George and Dragon pub on Cross Hill on Saturday, April 28, when he was seen in the toilets with a small metal tin and bank notes by a member of staff.

When confronted, Lockett told her the tin contained M-Cat, Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard last Wednesday.

She then returned to the bar and told landlord Lee Doherty, who again confronted Lockett.

Prosecuting, Richard Ogden said: “Mr Doherty said the defendant was aggressive and refusing to leave.

He said: “He was shouting in his face and he punched him causing a cut to the upper lip. He then left the pub before returning to the pool room and punched him again to the eye.”

Mr Ogden added that Lockett then left before returning for a second time and damaging a wooden spindle at the bar with his elbow.

Defending, Katie Edmondson said that Lockett did not have a lot of recollection of the evening.

Miss Edmondson said: “He is disgusted by his own behaviour and it is the first time he’d had M-Cat and he hasn’t had it since. He can only apologise to those who were involved.”

Deputy District Judge Joanne Hirst told him: “These are employed people and they don’t wake up in the morning expect to face this behaviour.”

Lockett was ordered to pay £200 compensation, and to carry out 40 hours unpaid work.