Pub landlord has licence suspended

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A SCARBOROUGH landlord will not pull another pint for three months.

Terry Kaye, 40, of Queen Street, had his drinks licence suspended at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday, after he admitted two charges of assault.

Kaye most recently ran TKO’s sports bar in Roscoe Street, and has had his name above the door of several popular Scarborough venues including The Commercial in Falsgrave Road, The Spa in Victoria Road and Chalky’s snooker club in St Nicholas Street.

However he has now been forced to put any future ventures on hold after the ruling.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that Kaye had assaulted two men in Blue Lounge in St Nicholas Street on December 18 – the day of his 40th birthday.

She said: “The defendant approached the complainant and asked if he wanted to have a fight outside. He then pulled the victim’s stool away and punched him in the face.

“Another man ran to intervene, but he was punched in the chin. The defendant then went back to his first victim and pulled at his nose, which was already bleeding.

“This was an act of violence in a licensed premises.”

After Kaye was arrested he told police in an interview that he had seen a “red mist”.

Both victims suffered only minor injuries.

The court heard that Kaye had no previous convictions, although he had received a caution in 2009.

Kaye, who represented himself, apologised for his actions. He said he had been suffering with depression, but added that it was no excuse for his behaviour.

He said: “Everything is true. I hold both hands up.

“It was my 40th birthday but I was relatively sober. I’ve done wrong and now I’ve ended up here.

“I caused it and I approached him. I’m 100 per cent in the wrong.”

Kaye said that he is hoping to set up a “can by van” alcohol delivery service, which will deliver alcoholic drinks to people’s doors in the Scarborough area.

He hopes to have the business up and running by the middle of this year.

He added: “I’ve run five or six pubs in Scarborough and I’ve always done a good job. This is the first time I’ve had a cross against my name. If my licence is taken away it will affect the plans I have for a new business.”

As well as the suspension of his drinks licence, Kaye was ordered to observe a curfew between the hours of 7pm to 7am for four months.

He was told to pay £100 in compensation to the first assault victim, £75 to the second victim and costs of £85.

Kaye was also forbidden from entering Blue Lounge for 12 months.

The court heard that as Kaye is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, he is unfit for unpaid work.

Six months ago, Kaye, who has been in the pub trade for around 20 years, made the headlines after he put his “life up for sale”.

He offered his flat in Queen Street, TKO’s sports bar and his Porsche Boxster for £99,000.

In October, TKO’s was taken over by a theatre group.