Chesterfield reveller attacked two men in town bar

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A thug punched two men in a Chesterfield nightspot after he claimed they had been staring at him.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, December 1, how Jonathan Cowlishaw, 22, of Derby Road, Chesterfield, had been in the Vibe Bar, on Holywell Street, when he attacked Owen Palfreyman and Jonathan Horbury.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Mr Horbury was in the smoking area and said the defendant came over and accused him of staring and he became more aggressive. He raised his voice and punched him catching his left collar bone. The complainant turned slightly and tried to catch Owen Palfreyman who was falling. The defendant left after punching both of them.”

Mr Palfreyman suffered two loose teeth and a bleeding mouth and Mr Horbury was left with a sore collar bone. Police later found Cowlishaw with 0.9grammes of cocaine.

He told police the complainants had been staring at him before he punched them. Cowlishaw pleaded guilty to the two assaults and to possessing cocaine.

Defence solicitor David Gittins said Cowlishaw has mental health issues and learning difficulties. Magistrates adjourned the case until December 3 to consider a probation report.