TWO men appeared before Hyndburn magistrates following a fight at a troubled Oswaldtwistle pub which saw the landlord attacked and one of the windows smashed.
Kevin McGuigan, 26, of Hornby Street, Oswaldtwistle, was charged with assault while William Crossland, 31, of Spring Hill Road, Accrington, was charged with criminal damage.
Both admitted the offences which took place at the Golden Cross last month.
The court heard that landlord Alan Brownridge had previously barred McGuigan’s brother Rob from the pub. As a result, McGuigan and a group including Crossland went to the Golden Cross on 25 November to speak to the landlord which resulted in an argument starting.
During a scuffle, McGuigan punched Mr Brownridge and Crossland smashed a window by throwing a beer can through it.
Previously, other members of the group including a man aged 27 and a woman of 23, both from Oswaldtwistle, were given a fixed penalty notice for using threatening words and behaviour.
Graeme Parkinson, defending McGuigan, said: “He accepts that he threw the first punch and that he was wrong to do it, but it was not an unprovoked attack and it was a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other.”
Ian Hogan, defending Crossland told the court his client had thrown the beer can through the window after the landlord produced a stick and began waving it around. He said the gesture was intended to tell the landlord to “Stop it.”
Magistrates told both men that it was likely they would face a community sentence and the case was adjourned until 14 January when they will reappear before the same court.
Both were granted unconditional bail.