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Pub debts led to relationship breakdown
1:10pm Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
THE relationship of two men who were business and social partners came under strain when their Worcester pub got into serious debt, a court was told.
Dean Awford and Mark Satchell, of the Pig and Drum, were being pressed for payment by the brewery and for gas, electricity and rates, said prosecutor Alex Warren.
In December last year, the pair went out drinking with friends and later returned to their pub. Mr Satchell went to bed but Awford stayed drinking downstairs with two friends.
At 2.30am Mr Satchell realised Awford had not come to bed and went down to the bar. Awford eventually went upstairs and after an argument, started throwing porcelain ornaments.
One of them shattered and caused four cuts to Mr Satchell’s head, which needed 19 stitches.
Awford, aged 45, of College Precinct, Worcester, pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.
He was given an 18-month community order and will be supervised by the probation service for the same amount of time.
Iain Suggett, defending, said the violence was the culmination of a three-year relationship. The two men were living together at the premises but the business was in difficulty and had failed as a result of the proceedings.
Recorder Geraint Walters asked if the relationship was over. Mr Suggett said it was but the men had dealt with it in a mature manner and were still on amicable terms.
"Mr Satchell was working as a bar manager while Awford had a redecorating contract. Mr Satchell had been reluctant to press charges against his partner or to give evidence.
Recorder Walters said it was obvious that the pair had gone drinking to get solace from their difficulties. But it had resulted in Awford becoming volatile and reacting aggressively.
Throwing the china could be construed as using a weapon and it had been a reckless assault.