Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Drunken Polish man went on rampage with golf club

PENSIONERS had to run for cover in a Doncaster social club as a drunken man went on the rampage with a golf club after he was refused more booze.
Women hid in the toilets as 22-year-old Mateusz Rowinski went round smashing glasses, tables and chairs in the bar of the Balby Bridge WMC during a quiet Sunday lunchtime session, a court heard.

The incident was so frightening that one elderly member, in his 80s, feared he was going to have another heart attack.

Robert Rimmer, a member of the club for more than 60 years, said afterwards: "I had never seen anything like that in the club. I was having a quiet rum and peppermint when he started bringing the club down over the tables and smashing glasses. Everyone got out of his way and all the girls ran to the toilet to get away.

"I have had several heart attacks and I was scared that this might have caused another one."

The judge at Doncaster Crown Court, Recorder Peter Kelson, QC, said Rowinski had gone on the rampage.

"The good people of that area are entitled to a quiet drink without people like you, not able to hold your drink, doing something like this."

Rowinski, a warehouseman, who lived only a few doors from the club in Roberts Road, Balby, admitted affray and was jailed for nine months.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch said about 20 people, mainly elderly, were in the Balby Bridge one Sunday afternoon last August when Rowinski entered but was refused a drink because he was not a member and appeared drunk.

As he walked out he prodded one of the pensioners with his golf club, which shocked him, but Rowinski returned a few minutes later and "brought the golf club crashing down" on an empty chair at the same table.

Mr Fitch said: "Customers retired to the snooker room and the defendant went on to use the club to smash glasses on tables. All the witnesses were terrified and scared of what was happening."

Police were called and they arrested Rowinski and when he sobered up he said he couldn't remember anything because of the amount he had drunk that day.

Kevin Jones, defending, said his behaviour was inexcusable and it was uncharacteristic because he was not used to drinking to that level.

Mr Jones said Rowinski came to Doncaster looking for work and sent some of his wages back to his family in Poland and was willing to pay compensation to the club if he was given a suspended prison sentence.