Three-year jail sentence after new year pub rampage

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A HAWICK MAN has been jailed for three years after a New Year’s Day bust-up which started in a local pub.

Korvin Walker was cleared of headbutting his partner’s sister Joanne McFarlane in Frankie’s Bar and also striking a man on the face with a knife.

But he was convicted after a four day jury trial last week of breaking panes of glass outside the pub, brandishing knives, a wooden stick and a garden fork and possessing offensive weapons during a confrontation with two men.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard how at the time of the offence Frankie’s Bar’s electricity supply had been cut off and lighting was provided by bedside lamps from Ms McFarlane’s flat above the pub.

Defence lawyer Nigel Beaumont told the jury that the “bar was on its last legs” and that the two partners in the business, Joanne and Jennifer McFarlane, had fallen out and were not speaking to each other. This led to the row developing between Joanne and Walker who was Jennifer’s boyfriend.

Following police objections due to a number of incidents at the pub, Frankies Bar was stripped of its drinks licence for three months and is currently closed.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond told Walker, 46, he had a substantial record and imposed three jail sentences of three years, 18 months and a year to run concurrently and back-dated to January 5 when he was first taken into custody.