Binge drinker running around casino threatened female staff and hurled bin at them

The incident happened at Merkur Slots in Devonshire Square, Loughborough
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A binge drinker making his way home went into a Loughborough casino and ran around telling the staff he was drunk before knocking a chair over and becoming violent. Christopher Page, 47, threatened two female members of staff at the Merkur Slots venue in Devonshire Square, off Granby Street in the town, and assaulted one of them.

He told them, 'You've had it' and 'I'll get you' before leaving the building. But then he opened the door again and shouted more abuse inside towards the two women.

Then he picked up a bin with an ashtray on top of it and hurled it inside, hitting one of the women on the leg. At Leicester Magistrates' Court on Monday, May 20, he pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.

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Prosecutor Richard Holt described the incident, which began shortly before 11pm on Friday, May 3. He said: "The defendant was chasing around and shouting at staff in the casino saying he might be intoxicated.

"He span a chair around and then pushed it over. He left the casino, opened the door again several times, being abusive, and threw a bin inside, hitting a staff member on the leg."

He said the women working in the casino felt intimidated and threatened by his behaviour.

Alison Hubbard, representing Page, said her client was "mortified" by what he had done. She said Page, of Kingfisher Way, Loughborough, had three children with a woman but his life changed in 2018 when she had seriously assaulted him, causing him to lose an eye.

That led to his younger children being taken into care and his partner being jailed for nine years. She said Page had had several operations, including plastic surgery, which had led to his binge drinking.

She said: "The pain is really difficult to live with and he started drinking very heavily." She said that on the day of the incident Page had been drinking since 6pm and passed the casino while walking home.

Page was given a 12-month community order with a six-month alcohol treatment requirement and 10 days working on programmes recommended by probation. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim hit by the bin and £50 to her colleague.