Dunchurch publican threatened with bottle and asked for fare

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AN IRATE pub customer brandished a bottle as he argued with a Dunchurch pub’s landlord while demanding that the licensee pay for his taxi home.

And at Warwick Crown Court last week, Simon Dobbins, 46, of Birdingbury, received a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £1,092 after pleading guilty to affray.

Andrew Molloy, prosecuting, said that in May last year Dobbins spent a number of hours drinking in the Green Man pub, and at the end of the evening he asked the landlord to call a taxi for him. The landlord did so, and Dobbins went outside to wait.

But when Dobbins’ taxi did not arrive as quickly as he would have wished, he returned to the pub and had an angry exchange with Mr Bennett over the failure of the taxi to arrive.

Dobbins had picked up a bottle of wine, and as he continued talking to the landlord, he used it “to emphasise his gestures”, said Mr Molloy.

Dobbins began asking for £20 for his fare, because he had spent a lot of money in the pub, He then received the money and left.

Andrew Wilkins, defending, said Dobbins, did not have a drink problem, and other landlords who have provided him with references described him as ‘an exemplary customer.’

Judge Patrick Thomas QC described Dobbins’s behaviour as “loutish” but a “one-off matter.”