Violent Natalie Bullock launched attacks on a pub landlady on two separate occasions – despite being barred. The 34-year-old was banned from Hanley’s Market Tavern but used an alias name to get served.
But the landlady realized who she was and told her to finish her drink and leave. However Bullock would not go quietly and poured drink over the landlady’s head. Her spittle also landed on her face although it was accepted that was not deliberate.
And the following month the defendant returned to the pub and again set about the landlady, pulling her hair. She also kicked out at a customer who tried to intervene and pushed the landlady’s husband who went to her aid.
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Now Bullock has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, at North Staffordshire Justice Center. She was hit with a £ 728 court bill and was made the subject of restraining orders which prevent her contacting her three victims for 12 months.
Prosecutor Zaine Riaz said the landlady of the Market Tavern, Hanley, saw the defendant enter the pub at 1pm on July 6. Mr Riaz said: “She was someone she knew to have a lifetime ban due to previous incidents. The defendant used an alias “Tilly. However, after serving her the landlady realized it was the same defendant and she had been banned a few weeks prior to this.”
The landlady said she could finish her drink but told her she needed to leave because she was banned. “The defendant became irate and began shouting, saying she should not be barred and she refused to leave,” said Mr Riaz.
“The landlady reached to confiscate her drink. However the defendant’s spit landed on her face and she poured the remainder of the drink on top of her head. Colleagues came to assist and removed the defendant from the premises.”
The defendant returned to the pub on August 27. At 3.45pm she was outside the pub and approached the landlady making threats. She said: “You are a scumbag and a grass and I am going to take you down.”
A drinker intervened to prevent the defendant harming the landlady. Mr Riaz said: “The defendant lunged to get past him. She grabbed hold of her hair and pulled. She kicked the customer to his leg.
“The landlady’s husband witnessed the defendant pulling his wife’s hair and managed to separate them, telling her to go away. The defendant began to shout threats that she was going to kill her. She tried to go back inside the pub. The defendant returned, kicked the pub door and pushed the landlady’s husband. “
Police arrived and were met by a tirade of abuse and shouting. The defendant was arrested.
In a victim statement the landlady said the defendant has a personal vendetta against her. She has been left fearing for her safety and the safety of her family. She has gone from being independent to needing someone to go to the shops with her. She bought a panic bell for the pub so if they saw the defendant her husband could come immediately.
The assaults affected her sleep and she no longer lives and works in Hanley. She is now running The Green Star in Smallthorne.
Bullock, of Ubberley Road, Bentilee, pleaded guilty to four charges of assault by beating; and two charges of threatening behavior. The plea to the first assault was on a basis that she did not deliberately spit at the landlady.
Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said alcohol has played a part in the defendant’s offending and she has referred herself to CDAS (Stoke-on-Trent Community Drug and Alcohol Service).
Miss Corbett said: “To acknowledge you have a problem and to act upon it is quite commendable. She is trying to do as much self-help as she can.” She added the defendant is remorseful for her behavior.
As part of the suspended sentence Bullock must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 25 days and a six month alcohol treatment requirement. She was ordered to pay £ 200 compensation to the landlady; £ 50 to the landlady’s husband; £ 50 to the customer; £ 300 costs and a £ 128 surcharge.
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