A COUPLE involved in a pub rumpus which left the landlord injured have both kept their freedom.

Burnley Crown Court heard how drunken Joseph Conroy, 32, had got in a row with the victim, who was the licensee at the Britannia Inn in Accrington, last October.

He was ‘dealt with’ by a number of people in the premises, who maybe went a bit over the top.

Conroy’s partner, ‘formidable’ Kassie Marshall, 29, then appeared, over-reacted and sank her teeth into the landlord.

The hearing was told Conroy said he had been grabbed by the neck and ended up unconscious as he was restrained.

Conroy, who had been given a suspended jail term last November and struck while on bail, had since made efforts to deal with his alcohol problem.

He was now said to be a changed man.

The defendant admitted affray and was given eight months in prison, suspended for two years, with supervision and the addressing substance related offending programme.

Marshall pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

She received a 12-month community order, with 150 hours’ unpaid work.

The pair live in Ashford Street, in Nelson.