Llandudno businessman has licence suspended after assaulting partner and police officer


Staff reporter (NW Pioneer)

A LICENSEE who assaulted his partner and a police officer has had his licence suspended.

Magistrates in Llandudno took the step against 38-year-old Joseph Barnett after hearing that he had previous convictions for dangerous driving, being drunk in charge of a vehicle and causing criminal damage.

At an earlier hearing Barnett, who is licensee of the Snooze Bar in Llandudno as well as the Victoria Hotel and Llangollen public house in Bethesda, had pleaded guilty to assaulting Jushina Agnieszka, 34, and PC Mark Walker, and also using threatening behaviour against the officer.

Prosecutor Diane Williams told the court that the couple had been in a relationship for eight years but on the evening of April 2 they had an argument in their flat above the Snooze Bar, during which Barnett threw Miss Agnieszka to the ground and stood on her neck.

He covered her mouth and slapped her across the face, causing her nose to bleed.

She called the police and when they arrived they found Barnett asleep, with blood on his clothes and knuckles.

He became increasingly aggressive as the officers tried to arrest him, and they had to use incapacitant spray to control him, but as he was being placed in the police vehicle he kicked PC Walker in the chest.

Mrs Williams told the Bench that the police were calling for Barnett’s licence to be revoked.

Gareth Parry, defending, said Barnett had clearly had too much to drink and accepted that he had behaved badly, but had reacted in such a way because he was confused about what was happening.

“He is deeply e embarrassed by the whole incident,” said Mr Parry.

Barrett, he said, realised that it was time to address his problem with alcohol,and he had sought counselling.

Losing his licence, added Mr Parry, would cause him considerable difficulty in running the business.

Suspending his licence for all three premises for six months, the Bench also made him subject of a 12-month community order to include rehabilitation and sessions on domestic violence.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, pay Miss Agnieszka £150 in compensation and PC Walker £50, court costs of £85 and an £85 surcharge.

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