Music dispute led to assault in pub

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A FOOTBALL fan was given a “humiliating” love bite by another man in a dispute over the volume of the music in a Scarborough town centre pub, a court was told.

When the victim reacted to the “enthusiastic sucking” of his cheek, he then had a pint of lager thrown over him by his attacker.

The man had been among several customers enjoying a drink and watching football on a television in the Pickwick Inn on the afternoon of Sunday October 24 last year, when a group began asking for the music in the bar to be turned up.

One of the group was Lee Major, 30, of Vincent Street, and, when he was politely approached and told that most of the patrons were watching the game, he reacted by grabbing the man’s cheek and then biting and sucking it.

Miss Catherine Hollins, prosecuting at York Crown Court, said that in police interview Major said that he had done it to “wind up” the victim and suggested that the whole thing had been taken out of context.

Major appeared before the court for sentencing having previously admitted a charge of common assault.

The court heard that the assault was committed by Major, who has a previous record of offending, only three days after carrying out a public order offence and another assault, resulting in him appearing before Scarborough magistrates.

David Dixon, mitigating, said that Major had had too much to drink and had decided on the “excessive, unpleasant and wholly unnecessary action” as a way of humiliating the man.

Mr Dixon said that when the complainant reacted “in a way one would expect any man to” and became abusive, Major had thrown the lager over him to “cool” him down.

Adding that there was nothing sexual in Major carrying out the “enthusiastic sucking”, Mr Dixon said that the action had not been done with the intention of causing injury and had resulted only in a mark which faded without leaving a scar.

He also told the court that since the offence his client had taken advantage of help offered to him to curtail his drinking habits and had also found work.

Placing Major under a 12 month community order, with a requirement to complete 120 hours unpaid work, Judge Roger Ibbotson told him that it was an unpleasant offence, aggravated by being committed in front of other people.

Adding that Major’s “propensity to behave in a violent manner” concerned him, the judge also barred him from the Pickwick Inn for two years and ordered him to pay the victim £250 compensation.