Thug jailed for Leeds pub landlady attack

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A landlady was knocked unconscious and left scarred for life after a thug threw a glass at her head during a brawl in her pub.

Thug John Maude, 26, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident in the United Bar, Elland Road, Holbeck.

A court heard Louise Muhl needed 24 stitches to her face after the attack on July 31 last year.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened after a customer in the pub discovered that her phone was missing.

Miss Muhl then locked the doors to the pub and asked all the customers inside to empty their pockets.

Mr Smith said Maude then became agitated and was the only one in the pub who refused to empty his pockets.

CCTV footage, which was played to the court, then showed Maude throw a punch at Miss Muhl’s partner, Andrew McIntyre-Dunn. A scuffle broke out involving several people in the pub before Maude began throwing glasses.

The footage showed Miss Muhl being stuck in the face as she stood behind the bar and then collapse. An ambulance was called to take her to hospital.

Maude, of Pennington Place, Woodhouse, Leeds, denied the attack after he was arrested and claimed the attacker on the footage was somebody else.

The court heard Maude had a long criminal record for offences of violence and burglary. He was out of prison on licence at the time of the incident.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said much of Maude’s offences was linked to binge drinking and he was attempting to address his behaviour.

Recorder Tony Kelbrick said: “I have no doubt that every time she looks in the mirror she will remember what you did to her. Offences committed in public houses in these circumstances require immediate custody.”

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