Facebook thug gets pubs ban

Swindon Advertiser: Danny Mason, vice chairman of Pubwatch and Revolution general manager, with Sergeant Graham McLaughlin Danny Mason, vice chairman of Pubwatch and Revolution general manager, with Sergeant Graham McLaughlin

A CONVICTED robber who carried out a violent raid on a social club is among the troublemakers barred from pubs in Swindon, the Adver can reveal.

Dean McHugh is barred indefinitely from licensed premises in the east of the town that are participating in the Pubwatch scheme.

McHugh was shown relaxing with a can of beer on his Facebook page in a picture uploaded by his mother, Alison, while he was on remand last year awaiting sentencing for the raid on the Green Baize club in Park South.

The 19-year-old, shown without his hat on in a police custody picture, was jailed for four years in December.

The ban will last until he writes a letter to Pubwatch apologising for his behaviour, at which point the organisers can review the order.

During the raid, he and an accomplice beat a volunteer key holder.

McHugh, of Haydon End, was given 14 months for the robbery.

He also received six months for aggravated bodily assault carried out with another accomplice in York and 12 months for escaping custody.

While awaiting sentencing at Teesside Crown Court he was shown on his Facebook profile reclining on a chair and giving the thumbs-up while on remand for the crime.

The shot appeared underneath a banner reading “go hard or go home”, with a friend writing: “Free my Dawwwwwg!!!!!” Alison has defended her son, saying he had gone off the rails after his father, Joe, died in December 2009. She has insisted he was remorseful for his crime, despite his appearance in the picture.

Alison said yesterday: “I didn’t know he was in Pubwatch.

“I guess it was because of what happened, I’ve got nothing else to say.”

McHugh and an unknown accomplice raided the Baize, in Horsham Crescent, last July, threatening to stab a volunteer key holder who had locked up for the night before beating him and marching him back to the premises.

They made him open up the building before making off with £315 in cash.

McHugh then escaped from custody in March by jumping from his bedroom window as officers attempted to arrest him. He pleaded guilty to all the crimes at earlier hearings.

Ricky Cheesly, 23, also from Swindon, was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for his part in the York assault.

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7:51am Wed 16 Jan 13

Tim Newroman says...


The ban will last until he writes a letter to Pubwatch apologising for his behaviour


Yes, because everything will be fine once he says sorry.

Honestly, this stuff gets more farcical by the day.
[quote] The ban will last until he writes a letter to Pubwatch apologising for his behaviour [/quote] [p] Yes, because everything will be fine once he says sorry. [p] Honestly, this stuff gets more farcical by the day. Tim Newroman

12:02pm Wed 16 Jan 13

StillPav says...

Tim - it's an absolute joke. Looking at this story and the one above about the drug dealers with a string of other convictions it makes me wonder if Britain needs a "three strikes" rule for persistent criminals.
Tim - it's an absolute joke. Looking at this story and the one above about the drug dealers with a string of other convictions it makes me wonder if Britain needs a "three strikes" rule for persistent criminals. StillPav

1:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

ManWithCar says...

Amazing the lengths that people go to in defending wrong 'uns. His dad died - so what? My dad died a couple of years ago, but I didn't go "off the rails".

This idiot made HIS choice to rob that club and to assault someone. No one forced him to do that.

And as for people putting up nonsense like "Free my dawggggggg" on FaceBook, here's a reality check - the poor little lamb now banged up behind bars where he deserves is definitely not "gangsta", he's a sad little boy who needs to grow the h*ll up and behave like a man. If you think he's innocent and shouldn't be punished then you are just as disillusioned as he is and deserve exactly the same in life.
Amazing the lengths that people go to in defending wrong 'uns. His dad died - so what? My dad died a couple of years ago, but I didn't go "off the rails". This idiot made HIS choice to rob that club and to assault someone. No one forced him to do that. And as for people putting up nonsense like "Free my dawggggggg" on FaceBook, here's a reality check - the poor little lamb now banged up behind bars where he deserves is definitely not "gangsta", he's a sad little boy who needs to grow the h*ll up and behave like a man. If you think he's innocent and shouldn't be punished then you are just as disillusioned as he is and deserve exactly the same in life. ManWithCar

1:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Davey Gravey says...

Robbers and burglars are often let off, why? Their disgusting crimes bring misery to their victims and should see them punished accordingly. Long prison sentences or capital punishment needs to be handed down by judges to scumbags like the one above. Sterilization programes should also be introduced
Robbers and burglars are often let off, why? Their disgusting crimes bring misery to their victims and should see them punished accordingly. Long prison sentences or capital punishment needs to be handed down by judges to scumbags like the one above. Sterilization programes should also be introduced Davey Gravey

1:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Tim Newroman says...

StillPav wrote:
Tim - it's an absolute joke. Looking at this story and the one above about the drug dealers with a string of other convictions it makes me wonder if Britain needs a "three strikes" rule for persistent criminals.
A 'three-strikes' rule would be useful, although one already exists for burglaries and judges often simply ignore it when it suits them (ie, a lot of the time).

While 'three-strikes' for relatively non-serious crimes may seem harsh, we appear to have gone in completely the other direction in this country, such that repeat criminals can build up 10, 20, 30+ convictions over a number of years and still avoid prison at their latest, entirely inevitable, court appearance.

In many ways, it's actually difficult and unfair to blame the criminals concerned - because when you're repeatedly told that breaking the law doesn't really matter, why wouldn't you simply keep doing it?
[quote][p][bold]StillPav[/bold] wrote: Tim - it's an absolute joke. Looking at this story and the one above about the drug dealers with a string of other convictions it makes me wonder if Britain needs a "three strikes" rule for persistent criminals.[/p][/quote]A 'three-strikes' rule would be useful, although one already exists for burglaries and judges often simply ignore it when it suits them (ie, a lot of the time). [p] While 'three-strikes' for relatively non-serious crimes may seem harsh, we appear to have gone in completely the other direction in this country, such that repeat criminals can build up 10, 20, 30+ convictions over a number of years and still avoid prison at their latest, entirely inevitable, court appearance. [p] In many ways, it's actually difficult and unfair to blame the criminals concerned - because when you're repeatedly told that breaking the law doesn't really matter, why wouldn't you simply keep doing it? Tim Newroman

1:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

twasadawf says...

Like the sterilization programme bit, will stop the little darling's every existing, and reduce benefit claims saving the country from ruinnation,
Like the sterilization programme bit, will stop the little darling's every existing, and reduce benefit claims saving the country from ruinnation, twasadawf

5:20pm Wed 16 Jan 13

rayche74 says...

Clearly none of you know Dean and what he's been through the last 4 years. He's admitted what he did, been sentenced and is serving his time in prison. The fact that the adver have to report on the fact that he's been put on pub watch suggests to me that they've got sod all else to do.
Clearly none of you know Dean and what he's been through the last 4 years. He's admitted what he did, been sentenced and is serving his time in prison. The fact that the adver have to report on the fact that he's been put on pub watch suggests to me that they've got sod all else to do. rayche74

5:58pm Wed 16 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@rayche74,

I'm sure what he's been through is nothing compared to what people of his age went through during the years of war to ensure that freedoms were protected for us in future generations etc.

Some people need to grow up mentally and accept responsibility for their actions; not look for every excuse for their bad behaviour. Everyone goes through rough times and everyone will suffer the loss of someone in their lives; that doesn't make it acceptable.

Society needs to become tougher on unacceptable behaviour and criminal activity.
@rayche74, I'm sure what he's been through is nothing compared to what people of his age went through during the years of war to ensure that freedoms were protected for us in future generations etc. Some people need to grow up mentally and accept responsibility for their actions; not look for every excuse for their bad behaviour. Everyone goes through rough times and everyone will suffer the loss of someone in their lives; that doesn't make it acceptable. Society needs to become tougher on unacceptable behaviour and criminal activity. LordAshOfTheBrake

6:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

rayche74 says...

I'm sure it's not, and I was also sure that someone would pull up the 'during the war' card too.

Dean has accepted responsibility for his actions, and is being punished (according to how a judge saw fit) for what he did. I'm not saying that what he's been through made him do what he did.

Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen.
I'm sure it's not, and I was also sure that someone would pull up the 'during the war' card too. Dean has accepted responsibility for his actions, and is being punished (according to how a judge saw fit) for what he did. I'm not saying that what he's been through made him do what he did. Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen. rayche74

7:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

ManWithCar says...

rayche74 wrote:
I'm sure it's not, and I was also sure that someone would pull up the 'during the war' card too. Dean has accepted responsibility for his actions, and is being punished (according to how a judge saw fit) for what he did. I'm not saying that what he's been through made him do what he did. Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen.
What sort of "adequate care" should society be providing?

He's (supposedly) a grown man who should know right from wrong, same as the rest of us. He's being let down by so-called "friends" on his Facebook page who seem to think that he shouldn't be jailed, plainly!

It's called taking your OWN responsibility for your OWN life and not blaming "society". The poor b*ggers in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali (to name a few) - now there is an example of people who have an excuse for feeling like they don't have anyone caring about them.

Absolutely sick to the back teeth of people making excuses for those of us who expect everything, contribute nothing and then end up costing ME money, sat there in prison doing sod-all.
[quote][p][bold]rayche74[/bold] wrote: I'm sure it's not, and I was also sure that someone would pull up the 'during the war' card too. Dean has accepted responsibility for his actions, and is being punished (according to how a judge saw fit) for what he did. I'm not saying that what he's been through made him do what he did. Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen.[/p][/quote]What sort of "adequate care" should society be providing? He's (supposedly) a grown man who should know right from wrong, same as the rest of us. He's being let down by so-called "friends" on his Facebook page who seem to think that he shouldn't be jailed, plainly! It's called taking your OWN responsibility for your OWN life and not blaming "society". The poor b*ggers in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali (to name a few) - now there is an example of people who have an excuse for feeling like they don't have anyone caring about them. Absolutely sick to the back teeth of people making excuses for those of us who expect everything, contribute nothing and then end up costing ME money, sat there in prison doing sod-all. ManWithCar

7:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Davey Gravey says...

rayche74 wrote:
Clearly none of you know Dean and what he's been through the last 4 years. He's admitted what he did, been sentenced and is serving his time in prison. The fact that the adver have to report on the fact that he's been put on pub watch suggests to me that they've got sod all else to do.
He is scum and if you excuse his behaviour then so are you. No don story excuses what he did. He should be castrated and locked up for a few years at least.
[quote][p][bold]rayche74[/bold] wrote: Clearly none of you know Dean and what he's been through the last 4 years. He's admitted what he did, been sentenced and is serving his time in prison. The fact that the adver have to report on the fact that he's been put on pub watch suggests to me that they've got sod all else to do.[/p][/quote]He is scum and if you excuse his behaviour then so are you. No don story excuses what he did. He should be castrated and locked up for a few years at least. Davey Gravey

10:36pm Wed 16 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@rayche74

Quote "Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen"

The only thing that's stated in the article is that he went "off the rails" when his dad passed away. Well here's a news flash for you; everyone's dad will pass away at some point. That doesn't give them the excuse to do what he did.

He seems to have got off lightly since the accomplice is still UNKNOWN i.e. he's refusing to give the name. That's hardly taking responsibility is it. All he's done is confess because he's been caught with sufficient evidence to make it inevitable he'd be convicted. By confessing he's looking for a shorter prison sentence; nothing else. Its not taking responsibility.


What sort of care do you think should have been provided and WHY?

Then explain why law abiding tax paying citizens should pay for it.

What else are you going to pull out of the hat to excuse his behaviour?
@rayche74 Quote "Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen" The only thing that's stated in the article is that he went "off the rails" when his dad passed away. Well here's a news flash for you; everyone's dad will pass away at some point. That doesn't give them the excuse to do what he did. He seems to have got off lightly since the accomplice is still UNKNOWN i.e. he's refusing to give the name. That's hardly taking responsibility is it. All he's done is confess because he's been caught with sufficient evidence to make it inevitable he'd be convicted. By confessing he's looking for a shorter prison sentence; nothing else. Its not taking responsibility. What sort of care do you think should have been provided and WHY? Then explain why law abiding tax paying citizens should pay for it. What else are you going to pull out of the hat to excuse his behaviour? LordAshOfTheBrake

8:41am Thu 17 Jan 13

Tim Newroman says...

rayche74 wrote:
Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen.

Why might 'society' have to provide 'adequate care' for this criminal?

The article clearly states he had a father until 2009 and still has a mother. He's also 19 years of age, an adult man.

Although the article doesn't state it specifically, my guess would be that society, ie, the rest of us, are already being forced to pay this criminal's benefits - so what more do you want, exactly?

Mind you, with a mother who posts pictures of her jailed son holding a can of lager onto his own Facebook page...
[quote][b]rayche74 wrote:[/b] Maybe if society provided more adequate care for people like myself, Dean and many others, things like this wouldn't happen. [/quote] Why might 'society' have to provide 'adequate care' for this criminal? [p] The article clearly states he had a father until 2009 and still has a mother. He's also 19 years of age, an adult man. [p] Although the article doesn't state it specifically, my guess would be that society, ie, the rest of us, are already being forced to pay this criminal's benefits - so what more do you want, exactly? [p] Mind you, with a mother who posts pictures of her jailed son holding a can of lager onto his own Facebook page... Tim Newroman

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