Grantham court: Off-duty barman punched woman

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An off-duty barman punched a woman several times after an argument in The Atrium bar in Grantham.

Gregory Steven Willis, 24, of Welham Street, Grantham, admitted assault by beating on July 21.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that Willis was among a group of people in the bar that evening. Willis was employed as a barman and waiter at the pub but on this occasion was there socially.

Miss Stace things had got out of hand and what at first seemed playful became violent. Willis was asked to leave by his victim, but he refused and was unhappy with the way he had been spoken to. His mood immediately changed and his victim said: “This is why you are not allowed to see your children.”

The court heard Willis clenched his fists like a boxer and his victim thought he was going to hit her. She asked him to leave again and he followed her downstairs where he punched her three or four times.

She was unable to defend herself as she had been caught off-guard. Others then intervened and the police were called. Willis’s victim went to hospital to be treated for concussion and bruising to her face.

Willis, who was not represented, told the court that there had been some playfighting to begin with before it got more violent. When he had been asked to leave he had said he wanted his wages first before he left.

Willis said: “She went downstairs and I followed her. She was right in my face and I punched her three times. She was making more comments about my kids. I should not have done it, but I did lose my temper.”

After reading a probation report on Willis, they imposed a restraingin order on him for 12 months so he does not communicate with his victim in any way. They ordered £100 in compensation to his victim and imposed a community order on him for 12 months supervision and attendance at a Resolve programme. He was also fined £75 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.