Millionaire's son who threatened barman with toy gun has sentence deferred so he can holiday in Barbados

Jessica Carpani
Oliver George, 26, appeared in court two days before he and his family are due to fly to the Caribbean - BNPS

A Sandbanks Yacht Club guest, who threatened a barman with an imitation gun, has had his sentence deferred so that he can holiday in Barbados.

Oliver George, 26, appeared in court two days before he and his family are due to fly to the Caribbean, where they have a home.

Despite pleading guilty, magistrates agreed to delay Mr George’s sentence to December, to accommodate the month-long family holiday.

The court heard that during an afternoon of drinking at the yacht club on September 20, Mr George was refused more alcohol by staff as he appeared intoxicated.

He then lifted up his cardigan and flashed them the handle of a pistol that was tucked into the waistband of his shorts.

The son of millionaire market owner Brendan George then told the barman “don't be a p**sy, give me a drink”, the court heard.

Armed officers attended the incident and conducted a search of the area as well as of Mr George’s £2m harbourside family home, where he was arrested.

The 26-year-old, who lives on the exclusive Sandbanks, faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail for the offence of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.

To ensure that the holiday wasn't a deliberately ploy to avoid justice, the court ordered Mr George to go home and retrieve his £1,100 plane ticket.

The ticket proved that the holiday was booked before he committed the offence at the Sandbanks Yacht Club in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

The prosecutor did not object to the lengthy delay but stressed that Mr George “should not be able to escape punishment by simply leaving the country”.

Harry Fletcher Director of Victims’ Rights Campaign criticised the delay in sentencing.

He said: “Decisions about sentencing must never be based on a person's access to wealth.

“This individual should have been sentenced immediately, as would have been the case with anybody else, especially if they were unemployed.”

Mr George won't be assessed by a probation officer for a pre-sentence report until after he gets back on November 11. It will then take another month before he can be dealt with.

Terry Scanlan, mitigating, said: "Mr George was in possession of a toy gun and he admits he lifted his cardigan up so staff were aware of it.

"However, he does not believe there is any linkage between this and his request for alcohol."

Mr Scanlan said that the pre-paid and pre-planned trip was “unfortunate timing”.

He added: "He is going to a house with his family and they will be looking after him. “I understand there is medical assistance the family can source in Barbados, and this is someone who has been involved with Mr George in the past.

"For all sorts of reasons, there are benefits to this trip."

Mr Scanlan said that while his client is away he will see a doctor three times a week to treat “alcohol-related issues”.

Magistrates in Poole granted Mr George unconditional bail upon adjourning his case on Tuesday.

Mr George will be sentenced on December 4.

Sandbanks Yacht Club refused to comment.