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Woman cleared of assault on off-duty pub manager

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A jury cleared a woman of assaulting an off-duty manager at a Bath pub.

Karen West told Bristol Crown Court staff at The Boater called her a “crazy lesbian”.

But she denied assaulting off-duty manager Rosemary Loft, who told her to leave the premises.

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West told the jury she was insulted by staff, decided to call police and was simply waiting for officers after being asked to leave.

She denied assaulting Miss Rosemary Loft and said she was in court on the basis of a fabricated version of events and was innocent of wrongdoing.

Miss West, 42, of Henrietta Place in Bath, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm on February 5 last year.

A jury cleared her of wrongdoing.

It was claimed Miss Loft and Miss West tussled at the door of the pub.

Miss West denied trying to knee Miss Loft in the face and pulling at her jumper, causing the pair to fall.

The court heard Ms Loft suffered a knee injury in the incident

Miss West denied threatening to poke staff with a fork as well as verbally abusing them and customers.

She said: “I was not rude to bar staff.

“They called me a crazy lesbian – that’s why I called the police.

“A member of bar staff insulted me.”

Miss West said that, after being told to leave the premises, she was waiting for police when Miss Loft came into her “personal space” and she was scared.

She told the court: “I wanted to stay on the door and wait for the police.

“I had no need to go back in the pub.

“I didn’t try to knee her to the face.

“I didn’t grab hold of her jumper, I grabbed out at anything to stop me from flying backwards.

“I didn’t pull her down on the ground.

“I didn’t try to punch her.

“There was no intent and no malice.”

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