Threat to 'nut' customers at pub
A 19-year-old Farrington Gurney man threatened to "nut" drinkers at a Midsomer Norton pub unless they bought him a drink – and then warned door staff he would set fire to their homes when he was asked to leave.
Bath Magistrates were told that Jay Levi Dell had drunk between eight and ten pints of strong lager and taken a bag of cocaine before the incident at The Mallards on February 16.
They heard that Dell was so drunk he became violent and police had to control him using handcuffs and leg restraints.
Dell, of Hill View, admitted having 8.3g of the class A drug in his possession and also pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.
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He was remanded on unconditional bail until Wednesday, April 3, so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared.
Andrea Edwards, prosecuting, said that a drinker at The Mallards had noticed Dell stumbling about as if he was drunk before being touched by the defendant, who said that if the man did not buy him a drink, he would "nut" him.
She said that efforts had been made to pacify Dell and the next thing the witness heard was a slapping sound.
Mrs Edwards said: "The witness saw his friend holding his nose. Door staff asked Dell to leave and he then threatened them and said he would find out where they lived and set fire to their houses."
The court was told that when Dell was arrested he had white powder round his nose and mouth and when he was searched six bags of white powder were found tucked into his sock.
Debbie Clarke, defending, said Dell had no recollection of the incident but was keen to change his ways.
She said: "In the past he was not concerned when he appeared in court but now he does not want to go back the ways of his youth.
"He served a custodial sentence last year and following his release he has tried to put his past behind him.
"He tends not to go out drinking any more and he has a steady girlfriend who does not condone his behaviour."