Grantham court: Father and son in court following incident at pub

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A father and son appeared before Grantham magistrates in connection with an alleged assault in a Barrowby pub.

Dale Robert Scothern, 51, of Larch Close, Grantham, denied assault by beating in the White Swan on February 16. Magistrates adjourned his case for trial on June 18. He was given bail on condition he did not contact one named person and did not enter Barrowby.

His 27-year-old son, Kyle Dale Scothern, also of Larch Close, admitted obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty in the White Swan on the same date.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that at 10.20pm on that Sunday a 999 call was made because of an incident allegedly involving Scothern’s father and stepmother. Kyle Scothern was intoxicated and was told he was being arrested and handcuffed. He resisted having his left wrist handcuffed and when the officer tried to handcuff his right wrist he became verbally abusive. Scothern had a lighted cigarette and told the officer: “I will put this out on your head”.

The officer then got out his incapacity spray, but Scothern knocked it to the floor and put his foot on it. The officer then managed to pick up the spray and warned Scothern he was going to use it, which he did several times. Scothern was handcuffed and put in a police car still trying to resist the officer.

The court was told that Scothern had gone to the pub because he was concerned about his father and in the pub he had argued with his stepmother.

Stuart Wild, defending, said Kyle Scothern had not been in trouble with the courts for eight years. At the White Swan he had serious concerns about his father and had taken umbrage at being arrested. Mr Wild said Scothern accepted he should have “gone a bit more quietly” and that it was a “mistaken misjudgment”. The police officer had received a graze to a knuckle in the incident.

Magistrates fined Scothern £110 and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.