Man caused casino fracas

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man punched a doorman and damaged his £9,000 watch before assaulting a detention officer, a court heard.

Luke Harrowsmith, 26, of Esplanade Road, was then found in possession of a lock knife after he was taken into custody following the incident at the Opera House Casino on July 16.

Harrowsmith pleaded guilty to charges of common assault, assaulting a designated person, possession of a knife and criminal damage at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was asked to leave the casino due to his behaviour. He was escorted unwillingly to a side door which leads to North Street car park. He remonstrated, kicking and punching the door to regain entry. Punches were thrown and the doorman received a bloody lip. There was also some damage done to his £9,000 watch.”

Police were called and Harrowsmith was put into a police van. He then struck out at a civilian detention officer.

“As he was taken to the custody desk he lashed out with his right food, striking the female officer’s upper thigh,” Mr Ovenden added.

When he was searched at the police station, a lock knife was discovered.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said: “He had a drink in various places. He had gone for a meal then on to a friends house. He then went on his own to the casino.

“He consumed further drink at the casino - particularly Scotch whisky. He tells me that is not something he should do.

“He accepts the witnesses’ evidence completely. When he was interviewed he was full and frank. The injuries were fairly minor, although this was an unpleasant incident in all respects.”

A report will be prepared before Harrowsmith is sentenced on August 31. He was released on bail, with the conditions that he does not contact the doorman he assaulted or enter the Opera House Casino.