Wetherspoon’s knife attacker jailed for 13 years

Michael Barrow
Michael Barrow

A PUB customer who carried out a terrifying knife attack on a doorman after he was ejected for being drunk has been jailed 13 years after being convicted of attempted murder.

Michael Barrow of Milward Road, returned to the John Logie Baird Wetherspoons in Havelock Road just before midnight on July 6 last year.

The 45-year-old had gone home, returned with a kitchen knife and started repeatedly trying to stab the doorman. He was restrained by fellow staff, drinkers in the pub and then by police.

Barrow was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (May 9) having been found guilty in March.

No one was injured apart from a staff member sustaining bruising to his hand.

Detective constable Rob Mitchell-Davis said; “This was a very serious incident, which could have become even worse but for the prompt reactions of those who went to the doorman’s aid.

“However there has been another positive outcome, alongside the sentence.

“The incident was one of the factors that brought police and door staff in the town closer together to promote public safety. That initiative has included the trial use of police body worn video by some door staff as well as officers.”