Woman pleads guilty after assaulting village landlady

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A Belford woman has been ordered to pay compensation to the landlady of the village’s Salmon Inn.

Lisa Greenwell, 43, of West Street, pleaded guilty to common assault when she appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

The court heard how landlady Donna Duns had returned to the pub around 9pm on August 13.

She heard that the defendant had been causing a few issues with other customers in the pool-room area.

She checked the CCTV footage which confirmed this so she went to speak to her and asked her to leave.

Magistrates were told the defendant refused and became aggressive, shouting and then swinging a punch which hit Ms Duns in the face, causing minor swelling and discomfort.

Prosecutor Rebecca Laverick told the court that the defendant was ejected from the pub with the help of other customers but kept on trying to get back in.

At that point, the police were called and the defendant was arrested.

It was indicated that the defendant was drunk, having consumed a bottle and a half of wine and a pint of beer, on top of painkillers she had taken earlier.

In mitigation, Ian O’Rourke told the court his client was ‘extremely embarrassed and ashamed by her behaviour’.

He said the assault had been out of character and Ms Greenwell had lost her job as a care worker as a result.

Ms Greenwell also apologised to the court.

Magistrates said it had been an unsavoury incident in a public place.

They imposed a conditional discharge, ordered the defendant to pay £60 compensation and pay £85 costs.

The Salmon Inn is located on the village’s High Street. It serves food and currently has a four-out-of-five rating on review website TripAdvisor.