Armed with a table leg, drunken Birkenhead man threatened bar staff then spat in the eye of police officer who arrested him (From Wirral Globe)
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Armed with a table leg, drunken Birkenhead man threatened bar staff then spat in the eye of police officer who arrested him
4:58pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A robbery bid by a drunken customer armed with a table leg in a Birkenhead pub landed him behind bars today.
Barry McCarthy had grabbed hold of two members of staff at the Brass Balance in Argylle Street demanding that the safe was opened but after letting go of them he left empty handed.
42-year-old McCarthy, who had only been out of jail for three days after a 46-week sentence following a fight, was arrested nearby just over an hour later after being identified on CCTV footage.
While being put in a police van he spat in the face of one of the arresting officers and as some went in his eye the officer is still currently waiting to find out if he may have caught hepatitis.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that McCarthy, of Sandford Street, Birkenhead, came in from the beer garden at the pub shortly after 1 am on September 21 carrying a table leg.
He grabbed hold of the barman, holding the weapon over his head while demanding that the safe was opened.
The duty manager heard the commotion and came up from the cellar.
McCarthy went towards him still brandishing the table leg, said Simon Duncan, prosecuting.
McCarthy, who pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and common assault, was jailed for a total of two years four months.
Judge Robert Brown said that he accepted that he had been under pressure from those to whom he owed money and beaten up.
"As so often you dealt with that pressure in the wrong way by getting yourself drunk and in drink went to the bar armed with a table leg as a weapon and used it to threaten bar staff."
John Weate, defending, said it had not been a sophisticated offence. He had little recollection of it but did not challenge the allegations.
He was embarrassed and ashamed of having spat at a police officer and wished to apologise.
After he had been released from prison, where he successfully completed a drugs programme, he was attacked by people to whom he owed money before he was jailed.
"Consequently he got himself drunk and acted out of desperation," said Mr Weate.