North Wales pub landlord caught strangling partner and her daughter on his own CCTV

A file picture of The White Horse pub in Cilcain
A file picture of The White Horse pub in Cilcain -Credit:Robert Parry Jones

A landlord was caught strangling his partner and her daughter on his own pub CCTV. Simon Williams' relationship with Lisa Davies was "poor" and one night she threw the contents of the cash drawer at him.

He responded by gripping her neck and putting her adult daughter in a headlock when she tried to help, Mold Crown Court heard. A judge heard Williams had been under business pressures and snapped in an "out of character" incident.

He gave the 56-year-old, who ran The White Horse pub in Cilcain, a 12-month jail term suspended for 18 months for each of two counts of intentional strangulation. Prosecutor Myles Wilson said Williams and Lisa Davies had been in a relationship for 16 years but it became "poor".

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They both leased The White Horse pub and at 11pm on Sunday, October 1 last year Ms Davies was cashing up behind the bar. Williams unfairly accused her children of "sponging off the pub", said the prosecutor.

But Ms Davies accused Williams himself of taking money from the pub. She said she had spoken to a solicitor who had advised her to go to the police.

Eventually she threw the contents of the cash drawer at Williams. He then grabbed her neck for "five to ten seconds", pushing her back against a wall.

Ms Davies "gagged' and her grown-up daughter Naomi Hough heard the commotion. But when she intervened Williams put her in a headlock. Mr Wilson said: "For a few seconds the defendant had hold of both of them around the neck before letting them go."

The incident was captured on the pub's own CCTV camera and footage was played in court. The women told Williams to leave the pub that night but he refused, the court heard.

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They went upstairs and rang a friend and police. Officers arrived and arrested the defendant, of St Catherine's Close, Flint.

Ms Davies had marks on her neck, upper arm and a grazed shoulder. Ms Hough sustained bruising on her arm.

In a statement Ms Davies said she hadn't realised Williams was in debt when she met him. He used the pub as a "cash cow".

But she feels happier for her and her staff now that he is gone, even though she can work 100 hours a week. He is a bully and she never wants to see him again, she said.

Rosemary Proctor, defending, said her client is sorry and ashamed of his behaviour. The judge His Honour Niclas Parry told Williams: "This would have been a frightening incident. It involved two victims and injury was caused."

The judge noted the behaviour was clearly out of character and there had been business issues. "You are a hard worker and you snapped," he said.

He gave Williams the two 12-month jail terms, with one concurrent, but suspended them for 18 months. He also told the defendant to do 200 hours of unpaid work and attend 30 sessions of an accredited programme to deal with issues including his loss of control.

He imposed a three-year restraining order prohibiting Williams from going within 100 metres of where his victims live or work, from contacting them, except through a solicitor, or referring to them directly or indirectly on social media.

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