Barmaid hit during fracas in city pub

Pub: Grand Junction

Pub: Grand Junction

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A drinker who gave a barmaid a “backhander” while he was scrapping with five other men in a pub was fined £35 by a court in Preston.

Mark Faulkner, 42, admitted assaulting the woman in the Grand Junction in Watery Lane, Ashton and was ordered to pay her £50 compensation.

I didn’t mean to hit her, but she got in the way. I didn’t do it on purpose

The city’s magistrates heard Faulkner had been involved in an altercation with a group of men in the bar and, when the woman tried to intervene, he “lashed out” and hit her on the side of the jaw with the back of his hand. Faulkner, of Birkdale Avenue, Ashton, was bundled outside by the men and, when police arrived, he had been given “a good beating.”

He later apologised for his behaviour saying: “I didn’t mean to hit her, but she got in the way. I didn’t do it on purpose.”

The unemployed building worker was also ordered to pay a £150 court charge and £85 costs.