Barmaid bowled over by drunk's belly after she cut off booze
A BOWLS club barmaid was bowled over by a drinker's belly after she cut off his drinks, an Ipswich court has heard.
Solidly-built lawn bowler Jason Reeve used his body to assault the woman by "stepping into her" at the bar, Ipswich Magistrates Court was told this week.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said the incident happened at United Sports Club in East Ipswich on a Sunday evening in January.
He said the duty bar manager knew Reeve as he was a regular bowls club patron and member.
Jason Matthew Reeve, 48, from East Ipswich, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman on January 28.
Sgt Caldwell said Reeve had been at the club since 3pm and had enjoyed several drinks.
Reeve was with another male at the bar when there was a conversation about closing off drinks and Reeve became argumentative toward the bar worker. She told him it was his last drink and he should leave. But when she returned 15 minutes later, Reeve was still at the bar. He was again told that no more drinks would be served.
Reeve later began to verbally abuse the bar worker with bad language and shouting.
Sgt Caldwell said Reeve used his beer glass to strike down hard on the bar in an intimidating fashion.
Reeve then approached the worker in an aggressive manner and stepped toward her, making contact with her torso.
"He used his stomach, stepping into her," Sgt Caldwell said.
"He pushed the victim in the chest area."
Friends and club patrons intervened.
Sgt Caldwell said when Reeve was interviewed some months later about the incident, he told police he had several beers and was intoxicated when he had an argument.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Reeve had sent his apologies to the club and had offered to apologise to the woman.
"She refused to accept it. She declined to meet him," Mr Fairclough said.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Reeve was not spoken to by police about the matter until August.
"At the age of 48, you should be able to control your drinking without putting the blame on to others," Ms Sturgess said.
"You were told that you were closed off.
"She came back 15 minutes later and you were verbally abusive.
"It was intimidating behaviour to strike the bar top.
"You pushed her using your chest and stomach.
"At the end of the day the club is entitled to say that you are no longer able to be served."
Ms Sturgess fined Reeve $500 but did not record a conviction, noting that he had no prior history.