A woman threw a sign at a bartender after being ordered to wear a face mask
A woman who threw a Covid-19 warning sign at a bar worker after being asked to wear a mask inside a Peckham pub has been given a 12-month community order and must now complete 80 hours of community service after being sentenced. The court heard today (May 25) that Kayla Jones, 26, who lives in Forest Hill was drunk and shouted: ‘Damn it. Why am I being asked that? am exempt.”
Appearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court last month, she pleaded guilty to assaulting staff member Sam Ayling; causing criminal damage to a picture frame and being drunk and disorderly at The Rye pub in Peckham Rye on April 24, 2021. CCTV footage was released showing her visibly intoxicated and throwing an A4 laminated sign and the breaking.
Prosecutor Tharshani Siva told the court today: ‘Police were called to a report that a patron of a pub had assaulted a member of staff. This defendant was asked to wear a face mask due to Covid-19 regulations at the time and she yelled at the staff member.”
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Adding: “The defendant picked up the sign from the table and threw it at the member of staff, then she threw a picture frame, which hit her and crashed to the ground. She was taken away and continued to yell at staff.The accused was at least reckless as to any damage caused and the offenses are aggravated by being intoxicated at the time.
The A4 table sign informed pub patrons that they should wear a mask. His lawyer David Thomas told magistrates: “The defendant is suffering from severe anxiety and this is exacerbated by a member of the press in court today.
“The defendant does not live in the Lincoln area, unlike her mother. The press may take notice of this if it is to be reported there. Her behavior was unusual and she expressed remorse, regret and insight. good character and she’s lost it now. That in itself is a punishment and she’ll have to live with it. There was little to no planning in throwing the sign at someone.
He went on to explain how Jones had a degree in fashion and had ambitions to start her own business in the fashion industry, but these were destroyed by the Covid-19 crisis. Jones was sentenced to a twelve-month community order, which includes 80 hours of community service and was ordered to pay Mr Ayling £75 compensation, plus £25 to the pub for breaking their frame. She must also pay £300 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £95.
Mr Thomas told magistrates that Jones was receiving benefits. “His ability to pay is nil.” The court ordered him to pay at the rate of £20 per month.
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