A TRAINEE aircraft engineer has been spared jail after he sent a glass flying in to a Chester barman’s face.
Joe Hennessy lashed out after a dispute with barman Jack Ebbs, who stepped in after Hennessy was abusive to a fellow barmaid at the Commercial Hotel in St Peter’s Square in the city centre.
After being told to apologise for his behaviour before he could be served, Hennessy took a swipe in temper at glasses lined up on the bar, one of which hit Mr Ebbs in the jaw, prosecutor Amanda Roberts told West Cheshire Magistrates in Chester.
Hennessy, of Barnwood Close, Ellesmere Port, was convicted of assault after a trial on March 17.
Miss Roberts said: “After Mr Ebbs intervened, the defendant did apologise but in the next minute called out abuse to Mr Ebbs before deliberately swiping his arm across the bar knocking glasses over. One of the heavy glasses struck Mr Ebbs from 3ft hitting him in the jaw on October 3 last year.”
Hennessy was then ejected from the bar, only to return a short time later having changed his clothes. After again becoming abusive, the defendant had to be restrained and was arrested.
“Fortunately Mr Ebbs who underwent hospital treatment, did not suffer a fracture. He had swelling and bruising to his jaw as a result.” Miss Roberts added.
Richard Thomas, defending, said Hennessy was of good character and regarded as a fine young man by aquaintances. He pleaded with magistrates not to send him to prison.
Mr Thomas said: “This offence was out of character. To all intents and purpose, he’s a man of outstanding character. He is hardworking, currently at the end of a three-year training period with a view to a career as an aircraft engineer. Custody will wreck his hard work and sacrifices.
“Never before in my experience have there been so many positive testaments such as those that have been offered on behalf of Mr Hennessy. The testaments say he’s a fine young man who is shy, quiet and respectful.”
Magistrates sentenced Hennessy to 12-weeks jail, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.
They said the use of the glass as a weapon meant the offence was extremely serious and warned him to stay out of trouble.
Hennessy was also banned from entering the Commercial Hotel for 12 months.
He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, to pay £100 in compensation to Jack Ebbs, £620 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.