Grantham court: Drinker asked if he could finish his pint before arrest

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A drinker “squared up” to police in a Grantham pub and was arrested after refusing to leave.

Tafara Tenederia Washoma, 33, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place in the Goose at the Bank on December 18.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told Grantham magistrates that police were called to the pub where they found Washoma drunk and refusing to leave the premises. He was holding a half-full pint of Guinness and would not listen to the officers.

Mr Wood said: “He squared up to them and said it would take more than two of them to arrest him.

“He would not go quietly and he was arrested.”

Washoma, who was not represented, told the court that he could remember was happened quite clearly.

He said he had taken some friends out before Christmas because he would not be able see them over the festive period.

They had a meal and then went to the Goose where he bought a few rounds for his friends. Washoma said it was very busy in the pub and he was getting overwhelmed by the number of customers at the bar.

He complained to staff and they asked him “to chill”.

After a while he was asked to leave and then the police arrived.

Washoma said: “I asked if I could leave after finishing my drink and then I was placed under arrest. Maybe I got a bit too merry.”

Washoma, who is claiming incapacity benefit, was fined £35 and ordered to pay costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £20.