Man jailed for carrying an axe at the pub

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

A Warsop man who was caught carrying an axe in a local pub has been jailed for 14 weeks.

David John Dennett (41) of Clumber Street, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court where he admitted carrying dangerous weapon in The Talbot pub on High Street.

The court was told how Dennett had been the victim of a serious assault previously which had left him fearful of another attack.

It was this reason that made him carry the small hatchet with him.

However, Dennett had been on bail at the time on a charge of assault dating back to July of last year.

He had denied the attack on Watson Street in Warsop, but was found guilty following a trial at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court. He had punched his victim, who had thrown Dennett out of his house.

Dennett had argued that he was acting in self defence after the victim had gone to get a knife, but this was dismissed by the court.

Meanwhile, Dennett appeared in the dock alongside 20-year-old Stefen Drury of Egmanton Road, Meden Vale.

He had also denied assault during the fracas in which he sprayed CS gas at the victim.

In his defence, it was heard how Drury had been trying to act as a ‘peace maker’ when the trouble flared.

Dennett was given eight weeks’ jail for the assault, and a further six weeks for carrying the axe.

He was also given a two-year retraining order to keep away from the victim.

Drury was given a one-year restraining order, 150 hours community service and made to pay £400 costs and £100 compensation to the victim.