Thug reoffends a week after he is spared jail

Admits: James Lambert
Admits: James Lambert
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A convicted thug has admitted reoffending - a week after he was given a second chance by a judge and spared jail.

James Lambert, 22, bit the face of his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her in January this year.

Lambert dragged the young mum into a Penwortham park and strangled her while laughing in a drunken attack.

He then sent his victim and her father threatening text messages, which led police to move them out of their home to ensure their safety.

On June 22, Recorder Guy Mathieson handed Lambert a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The judge told Preston Crown Court that he believed Lambert was a ‘hard worker’ who had the potential to turn his life around now that his family had moved to Leyland.

At the time the judge said: “I’m going to in effect put you on a trial with this court.”

But just a week later on June 29 Lambert went out drinking, and in the early hours of June 30, he got into an argument with doormen at the Barrister’s pub in Leyland.

Lambert, of Emmanuel Street, Preston, was arrested by police and charged with two counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress - the second charge being a racially aggravated offence.

He pleaded not guilty and was due to face trial at Preston Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

However, Dana Gledhill, prosecuting, offered no evidence on both counts and Lambert instead pleaded guilty to a charge of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Simon Gretton, defending, said his client had gone to the Barrister’s pub with a friend.

The court heard that Lambert was dressed smartly and was let in, but his friend was refused admission because he was “inappropriately dressed”.

Lambert’s friend then entered the pub through the back entrance and minutes later doormen approached the pair and asked them both to leave.

Reading out Lambert’s guilty plea, Mr Gretton said: “I was upset that I had been made to leave as I felt that I had done nothing wrong.

“I asked the Asian looking door staff why I had been asked to leave and if I could go back in.”

Lambert said he showed his driving licence as proof of ID and the doorman commented that he knew his address.

He said: “I accept I then swore at the door staff person and in doing so appeared disorderly.”

Mr Gretton said his client also accepted he had drunk several pints of lager which affected his self-control and apologised for the matter.

He invited the magistrates’ court to deal with Lambert by way of a conditional discharge or fine.

But the court clerk advised the bench that because Lambert had breached a suspended sentence imposed at Preston Crown Court, guidelines meant he should be sent back to that court for sentencing.

The case was committed for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on September 18.

Magistrates released Lambert on bail on the condition that he reside in Emmanuel Street, not contact the doorman in the case or go within 300m of the Barrister’s Pub or Railway Inn in Leyland, and lifted his existing home curfew.

They said he had £250 in unpaid fines and ordered it be deducted from his earnings at Weatherseal call centre in Winckley Square, Preston.