Local News & Archive — June 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm — Updated: June 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Prestatyn man jailed for Isle of Man pub attacks

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A Prestatyn man has been jailed after he attacked three people in a drunken rampage on the Isle of Man.

George McGeown also headbutted the inside of an ambulance and tried to bite a police officer after he was arrested at the Quids Inn pub in Douglas last Wednesday night. He had arrived on the island to work at a funfair during the TT festival.

The Courts of Justice heard the 20 year-old from Dawson Close had been upset after seeing a Facebook photo of his ex-girlfriend with another man. He had drunk 15 to 20 doubles at the pub and became extremely drunk.

He then punched a stranger, knocking him unconscious, and tried to jump over the barrier in the pub’s doorway. He punched both the landlord and a female bouncer before he was restrained by others.

McGeown was still ‘extremely agitated’ when he was arrested by four police officers using handcuffs and leg restraints. He was unresponsive and transferred to an ambulance where he became angry again.

The officers, who McGeown was said to have tried to bite, eventually used Pava spray to restrain him, but he continued to swear and shout when he reached the hospital, stating ”My name is George McGeown”. When he was interviewed the following the day, he claimed he could not offer an account of what happened because he couldn’t recall much of what had happened.

The defence told the court he was ”ashamed and embarrassed” and wanted to apologise to police and hospital staff for his behaviour. He was very upset after seeing the Facebook photo of his long-term former girlfriend and drank to excess.

”It doesn’t excuse what he did but is put forward as a bit of background. Mr McGeown suffers from some mental health issues which he is treated for at home and has a heart condition. He ensures me this will never happen again.”

McGeown, who has a previous conviction for battery, was sentenced to a total of 34 weeks in prison for the three assaults – he will also be banned from the Isle of Man for five years after he is released from jail.

Sentencing him, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said: ”You’re very fortunate there wasn’t a more lasting impact. Licensees are in a vulnerable position, they deserve and get the protection of the court. Immediate custody is necessary to send out a message to anyone who might feel the need to get so intoxicated they commit offences like this. People need to know if they commit this type of offence they will go to prison.”

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