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Drugged man hit landlord; Pub ban for attacker.

Byline: EMMA DAVISON Court Reporter

A MAN assaulted a pub landlord after reacting badly to a mixture of alcohol and Valium, a court heard.

David Wills staggered into the RocK Inn in BrocKholes and swung at punch at Bruce Manville when he ASKED him to leave because of his condition.

Yesterday the 39-year-old was banned from the pub after admitting a charge of assault.

KirKlees Magistrates' Court heard that he suffered a reaction after his wife gave him the drug in a bid to calm him down after a drinKing session.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said that the incident happened on July 28.

Wills, of Grasscroft Road in Honley, staggered into the New Mill Road pub and appeared to be DRUNK.

Mr Bozman said: "Mr Manville didn't wish him to be in the premises in his condition and tried to escort him out.

"In the course of that Mr Wills was reluctant to leave and directed a blow towards him."

Magistrates heard that Wills punched the landlord in his face, causing him to fall to the floor.

Mr Manville suffered swelling and busing to his CHEEK and a bump to the bacK of his head as a result of the assault.

Wills said he believed he had been given Valium, a form of tranquilliser, and this had reacted with the alcohol he had DRUNK.

MiKe Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that his client had returned home that morning and was in a state through drinK.

He said: "His wife was concerned and called a close friend to help calm him down.

"They crushed several Valium tablets into water and gave it to him to drinK.

"Valium and alcohol does not mix and it had the opposite effect.

"He WALKED out of the house not Knowing where he was and went into his local pub.

"The landlord described him as drooling which was perhaps indicative of the effect of the drugs." Wills was in court last month after driving with excess alcohol.

Mr Sisson-Pell said that following this incident he went abroad for treatment.

He told magistrates that Wills now TAKEs medication which MAKEs him ill if he drinKs alcohol.

Magistrates banned Wills from the pub for three months. They also gave him a PS200 fine, ordered him to pay PS85 costs, a PS20 victim surcharge and PS50 compensation to Mr Manville.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2013
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