Villager went berserk at local pub

A DRUNK villager who caused thousands of pounds of damage to his local has walked free from court.

A DRUNK villager who caused thousands of pounds of damage to his local has walked free from court.

Jonathan Creighton, 26, threw stools and chairs around The Retreat pub at Stowupland and caused more than �3,000 damage to furniture and windows before he was arrested by police, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Yesterday father-of-one Creighton walked free after a judge decided that although his behaviour crossed the custody threshold, he felt able to suspend the 10 months' prison sentence for 18 months.

Creighton, of Jubilee Crescent Stowupland, admitted affray, criminal damage, and possession of a knife. In addition to the suspended prison sentence he was ordered to pay �3,600 compensation, �500 costs and was banned from pubs in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Stowupland for 18 months.

Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said that on October 7 last year Creighton had been at work and at some stage had fallen off his bicycle.

During the evening he went to The Retreat where he had a conversation with Adam Chambers about football.

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This discussion had developed into a heated argument between the two men and pub landlord Andrew Bradnum had intervened to calm the men down.

However later in the evening Creighton had become upset because he thought someone had stolen some of his money that he had left on the bar and he was asked to leave by Mr Bradnum.

After going home and arming himself with a knife Creighton returned to the pub. When he found he had been locked out he started stabbing at the door with the knife.

Mr Bradnum and Mr Chambers were so concerned that they armed themselves with pool cues, said Mr Duah.

Meanwhile Creighton managed to enter the pub through another door and began throwing chairs and stools around.

Armed officers and the police helicopter were deployed and Creighton was arrested.

Creighton later told police he suffered from periods of memory loss and could not remember much about the incident.

Archie McKay, for Creighton, said his behaviour on the day in question was out of character and had been caused by a combination of factors including the fall from his bicycle and the row with Mr Chambers.

Creighton later told police that after his arrest he felt as though he had “come to after being asleep.”

Mr McKay said Creighton was quite truly ashamed of what he had done and was in steady employment.

Sentencing Creighton, Judge John Devaux said he did not believe that Creighton's fall from his bicycle had contributed to the incident.

“Your behaviour was due to the excessive amount of drink you had consumed,” he said.