‘You could make more of your life’ - judge slams drunk with A-levels

A drunk who threw a rock at a woman and beat up a pub landlord has been told to control his drinking.

Robert Cuniffe went to a house in Brighouse with two female friends where they had been drinking.

But the mood soon changed when Cuniffe was asked to leave.

He returned shortly afterwards but was told by the women he was not welcome.

Cuniffe, 21, then smashed a downstairs window and put his arm through the glass before throwing a brick through the window which struck one of the women on the head.

He then walked to the Crown Hotel in Brighouse where the landlord noticed Cuniffe’s arm was bleeding and asked him if he needed an ambulance. Cuniffe refused.

The landlord asked him to leave but as he was escorted towards the door, Cuniffe punched the landlord, knocking him to the ground, and kicking him in the ribs.

Recorder Roderick Adams warned Cuniffe he was on the brink of going to prison, having already been sentenced for affray while drunk a month before this offence.

“All of this has been caused by you drinking too much again and losing your temper”, said Recorder Adams.

“Kicking people on the ground is totally unacceptable and if you do this again you’re likely to go to custody.

“You’re clearly no fool, you’re intelligent and you have A-levels, and you could make more of your life than going drinking and having fights in the pub.”

Cuniffe, of Catherine Road, Brackenhall, Huddersfield, admitted assault, actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

He was given a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He must do 150 hours of unpaid work, be supervised by the probation service for 12 months and pay £200 compensation to each victim.