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Drunken reveller jailed over machete affray at pub; Thomas McArthy waved the weapon around after being refused service.

Byline: hinckleytimes

A MAN who drunkenly brandished a machete and a scaffolding pole outside a pub was jailed for 15 months.

Thomas McArthy, 21, and his friend Patrick McDonagh, 18, started rowing with bar staff after they were denied service for the third time at the Scarlet Pimpernel pub in Eyles Monsell, Leicester.

They then went outside to a nearby vehicle and McArthy armed himself with the blade and scaffolding pole, which he waved aggressively near the doors of the venue.

McDonagh joined in the skirmish, lunging out with his arm.

Judge Nicholas Dean QC said the incident "was frightening for anyone present" as he sentenced McArthy, of no fixed address, who admitted to affray and to two counts of possessing offensive weapons.

Sarah Porter, prosecuting, said: "It was a short-lived incident."

No injuries or serious damage resulted.

McDonagh, a landscape gardener, of Redhouse Gardens, Eyres Monsell, admitted affray and received a 12 month community order, with a two month 9pm to 6pm curfew and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told to pay [pounds sterling]500 costs.

The judge said: "Thomas McArthy you held a machete and a pole and used them in such a way that was frightening for anyone present.

"I dare say drink had a part to play in what you did, along with the animosity that had grown during the course of the evening.

"You have a record for similar behaviour and your best mitigation is the fact you pleaded guilty."

He told McDonagh: "You'd be in a similar position if you were older and had been in trouble before.

"If you behave in this way again you'll go to prison.

"Your age and the fact you've not previously offended, and have been on stringent bail conditions, means you will not go into custody immediately."

Abigail Joyce, mitigating for McArthy, said: "He was 20 at the time.

"He's been in custody since his arrest on February 12.

"He's now showing signs of maturity and making the most of his time in prison.

"No-one was injured."

Karly Mee, mitigating for McDonagh, said: "This was only the third time he had actually consumed alcohol and it acted as a disinhibitor which may have contributed to the offence.

"He's not consumed alcohol since and there's been no further offending.

"His parents are in court to support him."

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Publication:Hinckley Times (Hinckley, Leicestershire, England)
Date:May 21, 2018
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