Rose and Crown Hotel worker assaulted when evicting drunk man, court told

PUBLISHED: 19:11 27 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 June 2010

A HOTEL bar worker at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Wisbech was assaulted when she tried to evict a drunken man who had been throwing furniture. Ann-Marie Warren was grabbed round the neck by Janus Freimanis after she told him to leave the market place hote

A HOTEL bar worker at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Wisbech was assaulted when she tried to evict a drunken man who had been throwing furniture.

Ann-Marie Warren was grabbed round the neck by Janus Freimanis after she told him to leave the market place hotel.

"He threw his back pack at her and she and others managed to remove him to the courtyard," Fenland magistrates were told today by prosecutor Nicola Rice.

"After a few minutes he returned, he was asked to leave and his drink was taken away.

"He grabbed Ann-Marie Warren by the jumper, around the neck, and pushed her backwards."

The bar door was locked after Freimanis was thrown out, and he kicked plant pots and a door. He punched two panes of glass before trying to get back in through another door.

Freimanis grabbed Ms Warren as he tried to push past her, added Ms Rice. Customer Stuart Ferguson was punched in the face as he attempted to push him out.

Solicitor Andrew Spence said: "He (Freimanis) got himself into such a state that he has no memory of what happened.

"The assaults were reckless rather than deliberate. He is deeply ashamed and very sorry. His drinking was out of control that evening.

"It was a nasty incident on licensed premises, when a member of staff was assaulted while doing her duty."

Freimanis, 26, of Jeffery Avenue, Wisbech, admitted two charges of assault and one of criminal damage. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £250 compensation and £85 costs.

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