Ipswich man banned from all pubs and clubs in England
A MAN who was once held up as a role model for The Prince’s Trust has again been banned from drinking in any pub or club in England and Wales.
The ban was issued as a last-ditch attempt to help 27-year-old Lee Corani overcome his drink problems.
But undeterred by the ban, Corani has vowed to visit Scotland with his drinking friends.
The order was issued by District Judge David Cooper, sitting at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday.
Corani appeared before him charged with assault by beating and pleaded guilty.
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The attack happened in the early hours of September 17 after a night drinking and prosecutor Gareth Davies said: “He has a history of this kind of offence.”
In March last year Corani, of Spring Road, Ipswich, was responsible for an unprovoked attack on a man at Pals bar in Ipswich, leaving him with a cut to the right side of his head and gashes to his mouth.
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He was sentenced to a 24-week prison term for the offence, suspended for one year and banned from all licensed pubs, clubs and restaurants during that period.
A probation service report revealed that he obeyed the orders but returned to his bad habits as soon as the ban was lifted.
Judge Cooper listened to the evidence and decided to give him one last chance.
He told Corani: “I am banning you from all pubs and clubs in England and Wales for a year and you will be supervised by probation for two years.”
Corani was also sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment – which the judge suspended for two years to ensure that Corani keeps his temper in check even after his drinking ban expires.
Corani will have to pay his victim �125 in compensation and costs of �85.
As he left court, Corani said to his friends: “Guess we will be off to Scotland then.”
During his early 20s, Corani was sent to prison for a drunken assault and afterwards found it difficult to get a job.
He joined the Get Into Construction programme, run by The Prince’s Trust, and was hailed as one of their success stories.
In an interview about the programme he revealed: “The support from the trust has given me the confidence and motivation to get myself into work.”
However, he is now unemployed.