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Bride's brother in drunken fight at Clayton-le-Moors hotel
11:00am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
THE brother of the bride ended up in handcuffs and the bride ended up in tears after her wedding at a four star hotel.
Blackburn magistrates heard Simon Dennett marred his sister’s big day by his antics.
And a police woman who eventually hauled him away to the cells told of her sympathy for the bride when she saw her in ‘floods of tears’.
“My heart went out to her,” said PC Victoria Wilson. “It was so sad that this had happened on her special day.”
Peter Wild, prosecuting, said Dennett told police that when he drinks he becomes aggressive.
“That begs the question why did he drink at all,” said Mr Wild.
The wedding reception was held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors. A hotel supervisor had cause to speak to Dennett at 7pm because he was running around the hotel bare chested and at 8pm because he was bringing his own drink into the venue.
“At 11pm he was fighting in the conservatory and the police were called,” said Mr Wild. “Staff were told not to intervene in case they got hurt.”
Dennett eventually broke away from the other man and ran outside the hotel where he knocked two stone plant pots off their plinths causing damage estimated at £600.
“Police arrived and he was eventually detained inside the hotel after a struggle,” said Mr Wild. “A night porter went to assist the officer and he was head butted on the right side of his face causing cuts to his mouth.”
Ian Huggan, defending, said Dennett had a number of personal issues in terms of management and control and had difficulty engaging with people.
“One of the issues he has is when people restrict his personal space or take hold of him,” said Mr Huggan. “He was anxious that he wouldn’t get involved in any trouble and he and his family were very pleased with the way things had gone.”
Mr Huggan said the trouble at the end of the night was caused when a fellow guest took hold of Dennett and gripped him against the wall.
“He accepts he reacted and when he went outside he acted out of frustration,” said Mr Huggan. “He was upset because it was his sister’s wedding and she was upset by what had happened to her brother.
“She went on honeymoon in the early hours of the morning of his first appearance in court and the last thing she did was wish her brother good luck.”
Dennett, 19, of Brunel Court, Halifax, pleaded guilty to damaging two stone pots and assaulting Eddie Jenkins. He was made subject to an eight-week curfew between 8pm and 7am and ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Jenkins and £100 to the Dunkenhalgh.