Skegness man sentenced for kissing stranger on lips and then assaulting him

A family dinner at a Skegness hotel was interrupted when a man, totally unknown to the diners, came up to their table and kissed one of the men on the lips.

Henry Mallinson O’Connor, 21, of Castleton Crescent in Skegness, admitted assaulting David Miners by beating and also stealing a bottle of wine valued at £14.95.

Skegness Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Miners went for a Sunday dinner with members of his family to the Vine Hotel in Skegness on February 17.

At about 9pm O’Connor, who was not known to them, appeared at their table and stood beside Mr Miners.

O’Connor shook hands with everyone and then picked up a water jug.

He then kissed Mr Miners on the lips.

Mr Miners managed to get O’Connor out of the restaurant and into the hotel foyer where hotel staff came to help.

O’Connor then punched Mr Miners three or four times in the face before he was taken out.

However, O’Connor then returned to the bar and entered through a staff entrance and stole a bottle of wine.

The magistrates heard that O’Connor was subject to a community order imposed for causing damage.

In mitigation, Geoff Hudson said O’Connor had attended a family Sunday lunch and had ‘an awful lot to drink’.

He said he could not remember anything about the incident..

The magistrates were told that O’Connor was already receiving anger management counselling so they imposed a curfew for three months from 9.30pm to 6.30am daily, which will be electronically monitored.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £200 in compensation to Mr Miners.