Honiton man, 27, punched barman in face after refusing to leave Exmouth pub on drunken night out

PUBLISHED: 15:08 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 07 June 2019

The Farmhouse in Exmouth. Picture: Google Maps

The Farmhouse in Exmouth. Picture: Google Maps

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A Honiton man punched a barman in the face on a drunken night out after ignoring repeated requests to leave a pub, a court heard.

Benjamin Kelly, of Woodlands Crescent, also caused £20 worth of damage to a chair owned by the Farmhouse pub in Churchill Road, Exmouth, earlier this year.

The 27-year-old, who appeared before Exeter magistrates this morning (June 6), previously admitted assault by beating and causing criminal damage.

The court heard Kelly has been banned from 'the majority' of pubs in Exmouth for six months following the incident on April 26.

He was given a 12-month community order requiring him to take part in 'Think First' sessions for 19 days.

He was told to take part in rehabilitation activities for 12 days, and pay £120 in compensation. Magistrates also ordered Kelly to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard that Kelly, who was living in Sidmouth at the time, had been drinking at a friend's house before going out to the pub.

He had drunk a bottle of whiskey and 'a couple pints' and could not remember what had happened on the night.

Susie Baker, prosecuting, said Kelly appeared intoxicated to pub staff and was asked on multiple occasions to leave. She said: "At around 9.30pm, the defendant was in the Farmhouse pub.

"He was alone in the pub and believed to be drunk and asleep with his head down on the table and was asked to leave.

"He refused to leave the pub and moved into another area of the pub and again refused to leave.

"The defendant punched the complainant in the face, causing damage to his nose.

"When he did leave, he picked up a chair outside and threw it towards the pub."

Kelly was later found by police in another pub.

Michaela Cole, defending, said Kelly, who has previous convictions for battery, was involved in a 'volatile' relationship, which has now ended, and he accepted 'full responsibility' for the incident.

She said: "He does accept that he has an issue with alcohol in the sense that he commits offences when he is under the influence of drink.

"Since his relationship ended, he has found employment in Honiton and moved away from Sidmouth for a fresh start."

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