Man threatened to stab pub landlord after having first drink in 17 years
A site foreman threatened to stab a landlord and burn down his pub during a drunk rampage after he had his first sip of booze in 17 years.
Wayne Godfrey had abstained from alcohol for nearly two decades but quickly lost control when he started drinking at the Horn and Trumpet pub in Worcester.
The 44-year-old from Kidderminster in Worcestershire, threatened to knife landlord Adrian Birch and burn down his pub after he was refused any more drink.
Worcester Magistrates Court heard how he yelled: “I will stab you! Come outside and I will sort you out properly.
“I will have you and burn the pub down!”
When a police officer arrived Godfrey grabbed his body armour causing an injury to the PC’s neck.
Godfrey himself sustained three broken ribs during the bender on December 20 last year.
He later told police he had no recollection of the incident and described it as ‘a bit of a blur’.
Godfrey admitted common assault on an emergency worker and threatening, abusive words and behaviour towards the pub’s landlord.
He was fined a total of £400 and ordered to pay £50 each to the officer and publican.
Paul O’Keeffe, defending, said his client gave up alcohol because it ‘didn’t agree with him’.
“He’s more than happy to compensate those he has wronged and has expressed his remorse,” he told the court.
“He repeatedly says to staff he hasn’t had a drink for 17 years up until this night. Up until this matter, that was true.
“Alcohol does not agree with him. He knows that from the past.”
Godfrey was also ordered to pay £169 in court costs.