‘Barred’ ex-soldier vents anger on Selston fruit machine

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

A former soldier punched a till and knocked over a pub fruit machine in Selston after the landlord told him he was barred, a court has heard.

Binjamin John Taylder, 30, of Main Road, Jacksdale, admitted causing criminal damage at the Bull and Butcher pub, on Alfreton Road, on March 28.

Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting, said: “The landlord told him he was barred and saw that he was under the influence of alcohol. He started being abusive.

“The landlord prevented him from coming behind the bar. The defendant punched the screen of the till causing it to crack. He then threw two bar stools across the room and pushed over the fruit machine.

“He was pulled out of the pub by an unknown male.

“He doesn’t get on with the landlord and on this occasion he felt provoked and lost his temper.”

The court heard the damaged fruit machine cost £1,494 and the till £695. Taylder has three previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol, a public order offence and assault.

Taylder, who was not represented, told the court he wasn’t drunk at the time, but admitted he had a ‘bit of a temper’.

He told the court he had served in the army for eight years and was now a self-employed joiner.

Magistrates order Taylder to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation with £85 costs.