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Father jailed for three years after attacking barman

PUBLISHED: 15:23 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

A FATHER-OF-TWO who punched and kicked a pub manager after being asked to leave at closing time has been jailed for three years.  Scott Whitnall, 34, of Rodway Road, Bromley, left William Howard needing five stitches to a cut to his chin as well as two bl

A FATHER-OF-TWO who punched and kicked a pub manager after being asked to leave at closing time has been jailed for three years.

Scott Whitnall, 34, of Rodway Road, Bromley, left William Howard needing five stitches to a cut to his chin as well as two black eyes after the attack.

The 6ft 7in thug later tried to threaten a witness at the pub despite being on bail.

Jurors at the Old Bailey convicted him of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intimidation.

Sentencing Judge David Paget QC told Whitnall last Friday: "William Howard was not on duty that evening.

"He was called to the public house by the barman on duty late at night, because that barman was frightened by the drunk and frightening behaviour of you and your two companions.

"When he arrived the atmosphere he said was tense and in those circumstances and having heard him give evidence I am in no doubt whatsoever he was cautious and polite in asking you to leave.

"You resented that and you attacked him. You are well over 6ft tall and of proportionate build, you went through the hatch behind the bar and knocked him to the ground and rained down blows upon him."

The judge said Whitnall's claims that the incident had been 'horseplay that turned sour' was 'laughable'.

Whitnall has previous convictions for assaulting a police officer, using threatening and abusive behaviour and criminal damage.

The Old Bailey heard he had been drinking with two friends in the Glengall Tavern, Peckham, on April 11 last year.

Mr Howard served them a last drink just before midnight but a short time later asked them to finish up and go.

Police were called by another drinker Martin O'Carroll who witnessed the assault .

Uniformed officers and dog handlers arrived at the pub to search the area and Whitnall was detained by a dog handler nearby.

Prosecutor Nicholas Alexander said there was difficulty controlling the suspect because he was a 'very tall, very powerful man'.

"He was verbally abusive and physically he was kicking out and it took quite some force in order to detain him and handcuff him," he said.

On May 9 this year he breached two of his bail conditions by approaching witness Mr O'Carroll at the Glengall Tavern.

Whitnall denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intimidation.

He was jailed for 18 months for each offence and the sentences will run consecutively.

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