JOHN Bailey put his fist through a £300 window after being ejected from the Blob Shop in Blackburn because he was already barred.

And when he came back two months later and was again thrown out, Bailey repeated the performance causing a further £61 worth of damage.

Bailey, 33, of Whalley Banks, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two offences of criminal damage and was put on probation for 12 months. He was ordered to pay £361 compensation and £25 for being in breach of a previous binding over to keep the peace.

Pat Bramley, prosecuting, said Bailey had been reluctant to leave the Church Street pub when asked to by the manager but was eventually escorted from the premises. As the door was being shut behind him, Bailey punched the glass which immediately smashed. A complaint was made to the police but Bailey was not arrested until his repeat performance in February.

Basharat Ditta, defending, said Bailey was an alcoholic who started abusing alcohol following the death of his sister and the break-up of his parents' marriage.

"He never came to terms with those events and he seeks solace in the bottle," said Mr Ditta. "In his interview he quite candidly told police he could not remember because he was drunk."

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