Man jailed for Bury bar assault

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A customer who punched a barman over drinks he claimed he left behind the bar has been jailed.

Darren Long, 30, of Petch Close, Bury St Edmunds, was sentenced on Christmas Eve at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to assault and being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed at the court in 2013.

Prosecuting, David Wilson said that on November 8, Long had been at the LP Nightclub in Woolhall Street, Bury, and toldo a member of staff he had left two drinks behind the bar while he went outside. He became angry when the barman denied knowledge.

Mr Wilson said that Long had reached over the bar and punched the man between the eyebrows.

Long, who had been drinking, was arrested shortly afterwards. The court heard that in August Long had been given a ten month suspended prison sentence for in an incident in Petch Close in which Long struck a man with a spanner.

Defending, Ian James said Long had a history of drug and alcohol abuse but had been getting his life back in order, having found permanent accommodation.

Mr James said: “It was an impulsive attack on someone he felt was not being honest with him.”

Sentencing Long, Judge John Devaux said he had no option than to activate eight months of the suspended sentence order and added four weeks custody for the assault.