Mr Coughlin and Miss Machin went with friends to the Jolly Hatters, Mr Coughlin took a turn on the karaoke and made some comment about ‘chavs’ over the microphone.
He was not a pub regular and a number of people took offence.And by 'took offence', they don't mean words were exchanged. This section of the population don't confine their anger to words (well, not erudite ones, anyway)...
Shirley Hammerton, 46, then working at the Jolly Hatters, Shane Hammerton, 19, Peter Hammerton, 25, Hannah Shearon and Rebecca Haworth, both 21, and Michael Hartley, 25, all played parts in the trouble, which led to three people being attacked.
A young couple were said to have been knocked out and were left injured.Lovely!
Burnley Crown Court heard how, in the two-part melee, Bernard Coughlin was hit on the head from behind and was set upon.
His girlfriend, Gemma Machin tried to intervene and was pulled away by Shirley Hammerton, who slapped her and ripped out her hair extensions.
Miss Machin was also kicked and punched in the second half of the fracas.Ouch! Getting kicked in the fracas is no laughing matter…
Nor is the response of those we deem capable of meting out justice, either:
Shane Hammerton received a five-month suspended prison sentence, with 100 hours unpaid work; Peter Hammerton was given 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision; Shirley Hammerton got five months behind bars, suspended for 18 months, with six months supervision and 80 hours unpaid work; Hartley received eight months in custody, suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours unpaid work; and Shearon and Haworth were given 12- week curfews between 9pm and 6am.Well, maybe it was a first off... Oh:
The hearing was told that Peter Hammerton had been given anti-social behaviour and drink banning orders in the past and had been to custody, and his mother had a record for assault.
Hartley and Shane Hammerton had previous convictions but Shearon and Haworth were of previous good character.Well, maybe. But you are known by the company you keep, aren't you?