Man rages about ‘anger management’ after being handed jail time

Lee Mullen flew into a rage when he found out he was going to jail. Picture: Vic Rodrick

Lee Mullen flew into a rage when he found out he was going to jail. Picture: Vic Rodrick

A MAN convicted of carrying out a violent attack in a pub flew into a rage when told he was going to jail.

Lee Mullen screamed aggressively at a sheriff that he should not be jailed for the attack – because he was getting anger management therapy.

I’ve asked for one more chance to make a go of things. I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, all I do is walk my dog. I’m trying to sort myself out here. Gie’s a chance.

Lee Mullen

The 23-year-old, from Linlithgow, shouted and swore at Sheriff Peter Hammond when he was locked up for five-and-a-half months yesterday.

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His face contorted with rage, Mullen interrupted the sheriff’s sentencing statement to claim he had done nothing wrong – even though he had pled guilty to injuring a pub-goer by smashing a glass tumbler and breaking a barmaid’s finger by throwing a bar stool at her. He shouted over the sheriff: “I go to my anger management. I’m trying my hardest. I’ve asked for one more chance to make a go of things. I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, all I do is walk my dog.

“I’m trying to sort myself out here. Gie’s a chance.”

As Mullen became more and more enraged a police officer went to help a G4S security guard control him in the dock.

The accused struggled violently with the two men as he was led, still protesting loudly, to the cells. He could be heard kicking the courtroom door. He also shouted and swore for several minutes until more security guards brought him under control and took him down to the cells.

Sheriff Hammond adjourned the court until calm was restored.

Mullen, 23, of The Vennel, Linlithgow, earlier admitted assaulting David Ross at the Newyearfield pub in Livingston by throwing a glass which broke and cut him on the face.

He also admitted acting in a culpable and reckless manner by throwing the stool which struck barmaid Kelly Fulton on the hand to her injury during the same incident on July 16, 2015. Livingston Sheriff Court was told that Miss Fulton’s finger was fractured as she put up her arm to protect herself from the flying furniture.

Andrew Richardson, prosecuting, said the incident began with a confrontation between Mullen and another group of customers in the pub at about 8.30pm. Staff tried to calm the accused down, but as he was pulled back from the other group he threw a glass at Mr Mullen. The tumbler missed its target but smashed on the bar and a piece of broken glass cut Mr Mullen on the face.