A NEW Year’s Eve party turned sour when a city centre barman refused to serve a customer he believed was under age.
Andrew Beresford, 30, of Norfolk Road, Chester, admitted punching barman Michael Harrison in the Forest House, Love Street when he refused to serve his friend at 6.30pm on December 31 last year.
Prosecutor Mairead Neeson told Chester Magistrates Court on Monday: “The defendant stated ‘what’s going on?’ The defendant did appear to be drunk.
“He started shouting ‘this is getting me angry, I’ll end up lamping someone’.”
He then hit Mr Harrison with a clenched fist before another member of staff, Helen Cazaly, came and was punched herself.
“The defendant’s friend started shouting ‘what are you doing hitting a woman?’,” added Ms Neeson.
Beresford later told police he had hit Ms Cazaly when trying to punch Mr Harrison a second time.
Ceri Lewis, defending, said: “It was never his intention to strike a female. That’s not the kind of thing that he does. He has stopped drinking completely.”
Chair of the bench Barbara Capstick sentenced Beresford to a curfew from 7pm to 7am for four months,. He was ordered to pay both victims £100 each and £60 costs.