Pair branded “thugs” after Halifax pub landlord was bitten

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 40-year-old man has been jailed for 15 months after he bit a pub landlord during a drunken assault

David Clarke, the landlord of The Friendly pub on Ovenden Road, Halifax, had to have a tetanus injection after being bitten on the arm during the incident at his premises last July.

Judge Jonathan Rose branded his attacker Colin Badhams and co-accused Carl Ayscough, 30, as “thugs” after hearing how Mr Clarke and customer Michael Reid, who tried to intervene, were both assaulted.

Bradford Crown Court heard that a scuffle broke out at the entrance to the pub after Mr Clarke told Badhams he was being barred from the premises.

During the incident Mr Reid tried to split up the two men, but he was then punched by Ayscough.

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick told the court that Mr Clarke attended hospital and had a tetanus injection following the biting incident.

Mr Reid suffered a bruised eye and lumps to his head.

When Badhams was arrested a few weeks later he said he couldn’t remember the incident because of the amount he had to drink.

Badhams, of Grove Park, Ovenden, Halifax, had only been made the subject of a community sentence for assaulting a police officer six days before the incident at the pub.

When their case was listed for trial las month Badhams pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Ayscough, of Sturton Lane, Illingworth, Halifax, admitted a common assault on Mr Reid.

Ayscough was on licence at the time after being released from a prison sentence for an offence of domestic violence.

Judge Rose, who also jailed Ayscough for three months, said the picture of the British pub with a jovial landlord and customers was too often blighted by thugs like Badhams and Ayscough.

“These courts recognise the difficult position pub landlords are in,” said Judge Rose.

“They are there to serve the public, literally and figuratively, but they are constantly faced with drunkards like you who decide when they don’t get their own way to resort to violence.”