Man who caused trouble at Burnley 'gay bar' bit police officer

First published in Town centre by , Court reporter

ONE of two drunken louts who caused trouble in a Burnley 'gay bar' sank his teeth into a police officer after he was arrested, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Shanney Boy Junior Gorton, 19, and his accomplice Thomas James Rickwood, 20, both jobless and on medication, had turned up at the Guys as Dolls bar in the late afternoon after a lager session and were said to have gone in to cause bother.

In the 'deplorable' and homophobic rumpus that followed they were abusive, one man who was in the bar with his partner was asked if he was "one of those tranny, drag queen things" and his partner was questioned about their relationship.

When the first man made a comment back, Gorton emptied his drink on the floor, held the empty glass to the victim's face and told him: "Apologise or you will get this in your face."

The hearing was told staff called police and the defendants were arrested.

Gorton, who was on a night-time court curfew, was said to be more involved in the incident than Rickwood, who seemed to be backing up his friend.

The pair were taken into custody and as Gorton was being restrained, he bit PC Danielle Akoo on the thigh, breaking the skin.

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The officer had to have an injection against hepatitis B, faces two more jabs in a month and then more treatment in six months.

Gorton was said to have turned to drink after his brother died and recently appeared in court for attacking a cat owner.

He and Rickwood both admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on October 5.

Gorton, of Dall Street, Burnley, also pleaded guilty to police assault and had been warned he could be locked up.

He was given 14 weeks' custody, suspended for a year, with 12 months' supervision and 9 months' alcohol treatment.

The justices also imposed a drink banning order.

Rickwood, of Villiers Street, Burnley, was fined £65, with a £15 victim surcharge.

The court was told when Rickwood was questioned, he said he was straight and he and Gorton were just mates.

He said they just went in the bar for a laugh and he couldn't remember anything inside.

Gorton made no comment.

For Rickwood, Glen Smith said he was on anti-depressants long term and should not have been drinking.

He did not have any particularly strong views on homosexuality.

Defending Gorton, Mark Williams said he had attention deficit disorder and was on medication.

He had not been able to deal with the death of his brother about a year ago in an appropriate fashion, things started to go wrong and he now had a drink problem.

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8:44pm Sun 16 Oct 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Rickwood. Gorton. Nuff said.
Rickwood. Gorton. Nuff said. HelmshoreBoy
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10:27pm Sun 16 Oct 11

nice person says...

The world seems to be full of "Chemically" charged people in one way or another.Very explosive and dangerous!!!
The world seems to be full of "Chemically" charged people in one way or another.Very explosive and dangerous!!! nice person
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