Two siblings who ‘drank too much’ at a funeral then started a brawl in Wetherspoons and dragged staff members around by their hair.
Katie Lewis and Sarah Lewis enjoyed too much free booze at their uncle’s funeral on St Patrick’s Day this year. The pair were sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (August 24) after pleading guilty to affray after the fight in a Wetherspoon pub, the ECHO reports.
The court heard from prosecutor Chris Howard how the sisters were drinking at The Brass Balance in Birkenhead after their uncle’s funeral and Sarah Lewis, 41, claimed her drinks had been taken.
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After becoming abusive to staff at a Wetherspoons pub, she was kicked out. Katie Lewis, 40, saw her sister being taken out of the pub and jumped up before trying to grab the staff member by the hair.
The court heard how Sarah then grabbed the other staff member by the hair while Katie grabbed her victim and spun her to the floor. Photos showed that some of one victim’s hair had fallen out as a result of the attack, while the other sustained bruising to her leg.
Police officers attended and detained Sarah Lewis. However, while police were at the scene, she said to an onlooker: “What the f*** are you looking at? You’re a mouthy little c***.”
Both sisters pleaded guilty to affray. Sarah Lewis has five previous convictions for nine offences, while her sister has 21 convictions for 43 offences,.
In mitigation, Joanne Daniels said that Sarah Lewis had been a victim of violence in the past and had difficulties with her mental health as a result. About the incident, Ms Daniels said that the two sisters were fighting different people and it was ‘not a gang attack’.
Ms Daniels added that Sarah Lewis was genuinely sorry for what she had done and that her client showed “every prospect of complete rehabilitation”. Defending Katie Lewis, Martin Saxon told the court that his client had seen her sister being “manhandled” and then “all hell broke loose” afterwards. He said that alcohol had been free at the funeral and the fight was a result of the two sisters having drank too much.
Mr Saxon said that Katie Lewis had endured a traumatic childhood and had spent time in mental health facilities. He added that his client posed a low risk of reoffending.
Katie Lewis, of Cleveland Street, Birkenhead, was handed an 18 month community order. Sarah Lewis, of Thornton Street, Birkenhead, was also handed the same punishment.
The two must complete rehabilitation days and 90 alcohol abstinence days. They must pay £320 each in costs. In addition, Sarah Lewis was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
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