Alfreton pub landlady calls it a day after she and son brutally attacked by punter who was barred

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A pub landlady who has worked in the industry since the age of 19 has decided to leave the trade after she and her son were attacked by a mentally ill man. The victim hit her head on a parked car when she fell after she was punched by 6ft 2ins Kieran Wragg.

Wragg, 31, who was drunk, then broke the nose of the victim’s son with a “haymaker” blow. In her victim impact statement the woman, who is 5ft 1ins tall, said she no longer wanted to work as a landlady.

The victim impact statement read: “I have been in the pub game since the age of 19, my whole adult life, and I no longer want to work as a landlady. I am giving up the pub game in June of this year,” Derbyshire Live reports.

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And her son, in his impact statement, said he too no longer wants to work in the licensing trade. He said: “I have never been in a fight before, I have never been assaulted before and I don’t want this to happen again.”

David Outterside, prosecuting, said Wragg went into the Blue Bell Inn, in High Street, Alfreton, on November 20. He said as the defendant is on a lifetime ban from the establishment, the landlady asked him to leave but he refused and started behaving “erratically”.

Mr Outterside said: “He said things like ‘I am a member of the FBI and I’m undercover’, pointing his finger at her and leaving her intimidated. Outside he tried to get in again and he was not making sense, slurring his words.

“She pushed him, he spun around and faced her. She tried to ring the police and he tried to get her phone off her. She is only 5ft 1ins and he is 6ft 2ins, he punched her first to the face and then hard to the jaw.

Kieran Wragg, who has been diagnosed with psychosis, has been jailed for 16 months
Kieran Wragg, who has been diagnosed with psychosis, has been jailed for 16 months

“It was powerful, spun her head and she hit a parked car on her way down. Her son grabbed hold of him and the defendant started to swing his fists like a windmill, landing a haymaker punch on him. He (the victim) felt immediate, blinding pain.”

Mr Outterside said the police arrived and arrested unemployed Wragg, of Long Meadow Road, Alfreton, and who has 26 previous convictions for 46 offences. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault, and for being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court last year for earlier offences of violence.

Jailing him for a total of 16 months, Recorder Justin Wigoder said: “This was a serious piece of violence in public and committed while you were under the influence of drink or drugs. Your fists are described as ‘moving like a windmill’ with one blow connecting with his nose, breaking it.

“(She) has been in the pub business all of her adult life, since the age of 19, and she is now giving it up because she can’t take the pressure of being worried she will be assaulted again.” Rebecca Coleman, mitigating, said her client lives with his parents. Two years ago he was diagnosed with psychosis and last year he tried to take his own life.

She said: “His mental health issues lead to excessive consumption of alcohol which exacerbates his mental health issues. He was disgusted with himself when he was shown the footage.”

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