Thug pulls machete out of his pants at nightclub
A drunken thug pulled a machete out of his pants when he was refused entry to a nightclub.
Luke Browne, 31, has plagued the pubs, bars and nightclubs of Birkenhead with violent and anti-social behavior.
Liverpool Crown Court has learned that this includes him as well as gangs of masked youths “intimidating” staff and customers.
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Browne had previously been spared jail after throwing a metal keg of beer at the head of Elsa Frost, aka internet personality ‘Banter Dancing Queen’, at the Mr Whites sports bar.
But last October, the young man – who has already been convicted 60 times for 106 offenses – attempted to enter the platinum bar with a machete.
Police were called after being refused entry to the Conway Street site at around 2:40 a.m. on Monday, October 25.
The court heard from police officers receiving reports of a man “who made threats against the door staff and in fact pulled out a machete”.
Prosecutor Cheryl Mottram released CCTV footage, which showed Browne standing in an entrance area as he removed the blade from a black plastic bag at the bottom of his pants.
He was escorted to one side and porters spoke to him, before pulling the blade up and leaving.
Ms Mottram said police identified Browne in the clip and he was subsequently arrested, but responded “no comment” to all questions during the interview.
Browne, of Paterson Street, Birkenhead, admitted having possession of a bladed item and violating a suspended sentence.
Ms Mottram said her criminal record was “littered with a variety of cases” including criminal damage, assault, burglary, disorderly behavior and ASBO violations, but no previous weapons offenses.
In May 2020, he was spared jail for assault causing bodily harm, following an incident at Mr Whites’ home in Argyle Street, Birkenhead on February 6 of the same year.
Shocking CCTV footage filmed him attacking Ms Frost – known for her viral videos and who also works as an adult model – with whom he is said to have a “history” of animosity.
Prosecutors said the cocaine-fueled yob grabbed Ms Frost by the hair and dragged her to the ground.
He then lifted the empty keg and threw it at the helpless woman.
Browne pleaded guilty to this attack on the grounds that Ms. Frost was initially aggressive, he first tried to walk away and she provoked him.
He walked out of court after a judge said his imprisonment could impact his cleaning business.
Browne was sentenced to eight months in jail, an 18-month suspended sentence, a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR), 220 hours of unpaid work and a Resolve group work program.
Ms Mottram said he only did 140 of the 220 hours of unpaid work, none of RAR, and while on the Resolve program, he twice skipped probation appointments.
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She said that since then Browne has been convicted of brawling, for which he had received a community order, and most recently of drunk driving.
Ms Mottram applied for a Criminal Behavior Order (CBO) to prevent Browne from entering parts of downtown Birkenhead and staying in business or business premises when Wirral staff asked her to leave.
She said this was necessary because statements from the owners showed that Browne “over a period of time visited a number of licensed premises and generally made himself detrimental to those premises causing damage, creating threatening behavior towards not only the staff, but also the customers “.
Ms Mottram added: “He often attends in groups and with young people in masks or wearing balaclavas. Comments are made, missiles are launched and the environment his presence creates is generally very intimidating.”
The prosecutor said that this behavior would have had an impact on the finances of the site.
Paul Wood, defending, suggested that the machete offense was not committed in circumstances where there was “a risk of serious disturbance.”
Judge David Potter replied, “He refused entry when he was clearly drunk and in response to that he took out a machete and holds it in his hand.”
Mr Wood agreed to this, but said Browne quickly gave up on trying to get in and hauled the blade up.
He said his client had also held him by his side, rather than threatening anyone with it.
Browne, on video link from HMP Altcourse, interrupted him and said: “I didn’t take him out of my pants for threatening anyone, it’s because they grabbed me and made me wrong, that’s why I pulled it out of my pants. “
Judge Potter said he saw the “machete”.
The judge added: “He was transporting it to Birkenhead at night without a legitimate purpose and produced it when challenged by door staff at approved premises.”
Mr. Wood admitted that this was “ridiculous behavior”.
However, he said Browne voluntarily handed the machete to door staff, once outside the club.
Judge Potter told Browne that the majority of his convictions were “while you were drunk.”
He concluded by producing the machete that there was a risk of serious disorder and told him, âYou have not responded to the previous warnings regarding your behavior.
The judge jailed him for a total of two years, including six months of his suspended sentence, which he partially activated.
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Judge Potter hit Browne with a five-year CBO, stating, “This behavior has no place in our communities.”
He added: “Licensees of bars and clubs in Wirral, who have had enough on their plate with the coronavirus restrictions and the devastating impact that has had on their premises, may well be without you and your friends who threaten staff and damage property. “
Speaking after the case, Inspector Peter Rexwinkel said: âBrowne’s reckless actions could have seriously injured Platinum staff.
âNo one should be threatened or targeted with such dangerous weapons while they are just doing their job.
âCarrying dangerous knives and weapons can and does have devastating consequences for victims and our community. I hope this result shows that the force is determined to tackle knife crime and bring those responsible to justice.
“I am happy that the court has recognized the gravity of the offense by imposing a jail term and also preventing Browne from entering parts of downtown Birkenhead and endangering our community.”
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