Sleepless after incident at pub

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19
Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

A woman attacked a teenage bar maid outside a pub causing her to suffer post-traumatic stress and sleepless nights, a court heard.

Lauren Jade Jewitt, 28, of St. John Street, Bridlington, attacked the bar maid outside The Queens Hotel after she had been thrown out for arguing with another customer.

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon told East Riding Magistrates’ Court that the incident occurred at just before midnight on New Year’s Eve last year after Jewitt and her mother had been arguing with another customer.

Mrs Dixon said: “The defendant was aggressive and shouting and swearing. The complainant approached her and told her she had to leave because of her poor behaviour,” The court heard that Jewitt had to be physically removed from the pub on High Street, Bridlington.

CCTV cameras captured the attack in which she grabbed the bar maid’s hair and pulled her backwards to the floor where she began attacking her.

Magistrates saw images of the bar maid’s injuries which included bruising to her legs and a cut lip. She was taken to the minor injuries unit at hospital after complaining of pain down her left arm.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the bar maid, who is 19, said: “At the time the assault shocked me as it was totally unprovoked and Jade was extremely aggressive.”

She also said that a doctor said she was suffering from post-traumatic stress.

In police interview, Jewitt said she had spent most of new year’s eve at a friend’s house but had received a phone call in which she was told that “things were happening at the Queens so get straight there.” She had become concerned because her mother was in the pub, the court heard.

Jewitt, who pleaded guilty to assault by beating, must wait until June 3 to learn of her sentence because magistrates ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report so they can learn more about her past.

Jewitt was released on bail, the conditions of which are that she live at her home address and that she cooperates with the probation service in the preparation of the report.