MANSFIELD: Drunk’s £3 threat to kill demand

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A musician walking home in Mansfield at night with his guitar was assaulted by a drunken stranger, a court heard.

Warren Ireland, who had been playing at a pub, was hit in the mouth with his instrument and suffered a cut lip.

His tormentor Kyle Draycott, 22, of Meden Close, Pleasley, was held in custody for three weeks before being given a suspended prison sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday.

A judge ordered him to receive mental health and alcohol treatment.

The victim left the And Why Not pub about 10.30pm on September 3 with his acoustic guitar on his back after an ‘open mic’ night, said Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting.

He was walking along Rock Valley when Draycott approached him and asked to use his mobile phone to call his family.

Draycott, whose speech was slurred, then asked for £5, reduced to £4 and then £3 – ‘or I’ll kill you.’

He took his victim’s guitar and began strumming it, walking off towards Banana Bridge.

As Mr Ireland followed him to get his guitar back Draycott said ‘Don’t come near me or I’ll hurt you.’

He was hit in the mouth and tasted blood from a cut before calling the police.

Draycott, who was arrested nearby, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm after a charge of robbery was dropped.

In mitigation it was said he was drunk and the assault was not pre-meditated.

Judge Nigelo Godsmark sentenced him to two months suspended for two years, with a 12 months community order, probation supervision and the treatment requirements.