Woman faces jail after starting fight in pub

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A DRUNKEN woman has been warned she is facing jail for starting a pub brawl.

The incident took off after Maxine Anthony was confronted by the then landlady of the Green Dragon pub in Rowner Road, Gosport, and asked to leave because she was on the Pubwatch list of banned customers.

The 20-year-old launched a foul tirade at Alanna Clements and went to throw a pint glass at her on April 29.

A member of the public managed to grab Anthony, of Trinity Green, Gosport, and she dropped the glass. But she grabbed another two and threw them, with one landing by a dog sitting nearby, owned by Michael O’Sullivan.

Giving evidence at Fareham Magistrates’ Court, Mr O’Sullivan told how he tried to restrain Anthony, but she repeatedly punched and scratched him. He said: ‘She was intent on hurting or inflicting damage on people or property.’

Witness Mark Chapman said he tried to hold Anthony in a bear hug as she swung a bar stool around. But she bit his forearm, leaving a mark still visible, and then headbutted him.

After her arrest outside the pub, Anthony hurled racist abuse at PC Penelope Young, who was in the back of the police van with her.

Anthony failed to arrive on time at the court and magistrates decided to hear the trial in her absence.

When she arrived more than an hour late, Anthony pleaded guilty to all four charges against her. She had a previous guilty plea for breaching her Asbo by entering the pub.

Chairman Edwin Daniels adjourned the case for full reports to be compiled and said: ‘Our sentencing range will be up to and including custody.’

Anthony will be sentenced on September 23.