Sisters drank 'too much free alcohol' at funeral and started brawl at Spoons
Two sisters started a brawl in a Wetherspoons after drinking too much at a funeral.
Katie and Sarah Lewis have both been spared jail after dragging pub staff by their hair in March.
They had attended their uncle’s funeral at a bowling club earlier in the day where they had ‘drank too much’ free alcohol, Liverpool Magistrate’s Court heard..
Sarah, 41, claimed her drinks had been taken and became abusive towards staff before being told to leave.
Katie, 40, saw her sister being removed from the pub, and grabbed a staff member by the hair and spun her to the floor.
She grabbed her victim so hard, chunks of hair fell out.
Sarah has five previous convictions for nine offences, while her sister has 21 convictions for 43 offences.
Both pleaded guilty to affray.
Joanna Daniels, mitigating, said Sarah had been a victim of violence in the past and has suffered with mental health difficulties.
Ms Daniels added the sisters were fighting difference people and had not launched a ‘gang attack’.
She said Sarah was sorry for what she had done and showed ‘every prospect of complete rehabilitation’.
Defending Katie, Martin Saxon told the court that his client had seen her sister being ‘manhandled’ and then ‘all hell broke loose’ afterwards.
Mr Saxon said Katie had endured a traumatic childhood and had spent time in mental health facilities.
He added that his client posed a low risk of reoffending.
Both were handed an 18 month community order.
They must also complete
rehabilitation days and 90 alcohol abstinence days. They must pay £320 each in costs.
Sarah was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
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