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Couple start brawl in peaceful village pub after being banned for sending ‘homophobic’ messages

Lily Wakefield October 18, 2019
the White Barn pub in Cheshire

William Finney was banned from the White Barn pub in Cheshire for sending "homophobic" messages to a member of staff. (Google Maps)

A couple that started a bar brawl in a peaceful village pub after being banned for sending “homophobic” messages to a member of staff have been given suspended sentences.

According to CheshireLive, William Finney, 47, and Aimee Gee, 36, appeared in Cheshire Magistrates Court on October 17.

Finney was originally banned from White Barn pub in Cuddington, Cheshire, for sending “homophobic” messages to a member of staff via social media.

Despite being barred, Finney brought his girlfriend Gee to the pub at around 10pm on May 11.

Finney entered the pub, shouting that he could do whatever he wanted and pushed an off-duty staff member to the floor.

Gee punched a man in the face and threw a bottle and two glasses at him, before Finney grabbed a man that was trying to intervene and told customers he would “do them all”.

Gee then punched another man in the face, and Finney pushed glasses off of a table, cutting a woman’s hand.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested the couple.

Finney admitted to charges of criminal damage, harassment and use of threatening and abusive language, for which he was given a five-week prison sentence suspended for 24 months at Cheshire Magistrates Court.

He also pleaded guilty to harassment for the “homophobic” hate messages.

Gee pleaded guilty to assault and use of threatening and abusive language, and was given a ten-week prison sentence, also suspended for 24 months.

According to CheshireLive, Northwich Local Policing Unit’s PC Claire Murgatroyd said: “Finney and Gee are no more than school yard bullies. They thought they were better than everyone else and could do whatever they wanted.

“They went to the White Barn with the intent of causing trouble and intimidating innocent members of the public.

“They were both fully aware that they were not welcome at the pub. Yet despite this they still went in, knowing the trouble that it would cause.

“However, despite what they may have thought, their convictions demonstrate that no-one is above the law.

“I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank the victims in this case for the evidence they provided, which has helped to secure the convictions against Finney and Gee.”

More: Assault, Cheshire, Crime, Homophobia

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