Up And Coming Actor Found Guilty Of Assault On Tabard Pub Manager

Court fine issued following incident when he was refused after hours drink


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The star of the new multi-million-pound film The Great Getaway, a former ArtsEd graduate, has been found guilty of an assault on a bar manager at the Tabard pub in Chiswick who refused to serve him a drink for his girlfriend after hours.

Jamie Bacon

Jamie Bacon

Jamie Bacon was found guilty of assaulting manager Saman Aljaf after he was stopped from going behind the bar. He was fined £180 with £400 costs and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the manager and a £20 victim surcharge.

The 24-year-old, from Poole, has two previous convictions for violence. He is set to play one of the leading roles in the film about Bonnie Prince Charlie, which is due to start filming in Scotland this year.

Bacon and his actress girlfriend Beatrice Colwyn-Foulkes, 22, were celebrating her final performance at the nearby ArtsEd drama school , when the incident occurred on 6 December last year. Bar manager Saman Aljaf, 27, told Feltham Magistrates' Court how the pub stopped serving at midnight.

Tabard pub and theatre

According to the Evening Standard he said, 'The defendant walked behind the bar and said: "Come on mate, you can serve one more" and I started to guide him, using very gentle force, away. '

'People don't usually act with that level of arrogance or confidence to walk behind the bar,' added the manager, who told Bacon he had the power to bar him from the premises.

Mr Aljaf said the actor was reluctant to leave the bar area, pushing him in the chest and telling him not to touch him. He became defiant and used bad language.

'He said if I tried to take his drink off him, he'd put me on the floor. He said: "I've paid for this drink, I'm not going outside."'

The manager admitted to putting his hands on the shoulders of Bacon and said staff members were becoming distressed. He told the court that Bacon grabbed him by his shirt collar and forced him against the wall with a bottle of cider in his hand.

The young actor appeared in Coronation Street

The judge heard that Bacon had assaulted a bouncer six years ago and was convicted of actual bodily harm as a youth. He said there was "clearly a little bit of a pattern" to his behaviour and issued a caution as to his future actions.

The defendant's lawyer said that the young actor did not have drug or alcohol issues and was a "very pleasant and likeable young man who went behind the bar maybe trying to impress the ladies by getting them a drink."

June 3, 2016

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