Man has first drink in 17 years and ends up convicted of drunken rampage

A man went on a drunken rampage and threatened to stab a pub landlord after having his first sip of alcohol in 17 years.

Wayne Godfrey, 44, had been sober nearly two decades but quickly lost control when he started drinking at the Horn and Trumpet pub in Worcester.

When the landlord of the pub on Angel Street, Adrian Birch refused to serve him any more booze he became aggressive.

Wayne threatened to knife him and burn the down the premises.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard how he yelled: "I will stab you! Come outside and I will sort you out properly.
"I will have you and burn the pub down!"

Godfrey refused to back down when a police officer arrived – grabbing his body armour and causing an injury to the PC's neck.

The site foreman, sustained three broken ribs during his bender on December 20 last year and later told police he had no recollection of the incident, describing it as 'a bit of a blur'.

However, he admitted common assault on an emergency worker and threatening, abusive words and behaviour towards the pub's landlord at the hearing on January 28.

Paul O'Keeffe, defending, said his client gave up alcohol because it 'didn't agree with him'.

"He's more than happy to compensate those he has wronged and has expressed his remorse," he told the court.

"He repeatedly says to staff he hasn't had a drink for 17 years up until this night. Up until this matter, that was true.

"Alcohol does not agree with him. He knows that from the past."

Godfrey, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, was fined £400 and ordered to pay £50 each to the officer and publican.

He was also ordered to pay £169 in court costs.

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