Oliver George, 26, who lives on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula in Dorset, appeared in court over the drunken yacht club fracas two days
A millionaire’s son who threatened a barman with fake gun after being refused prosecco will not face justice for two months because he is flying to Barbados.
Oliver George, 26, who lives on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula in Dorset, appeared in court over the drunken yacht club fracas two days before he and his family are due to fly to the Caribbean where they have a home.
George faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail for possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.
After pleading guilty, magistrates agreed to delay his sentence until December so he can go on the month-long holiday.
They had to satisfy themselves that George wasn’t deliberately trying to avoid justice and during the proceedings ordered him to go home and get his £1,100 plane ticket.
It proved the holiday was booked before he committed the offence at the Sandbanks Yacht Club in Poole Harbour.
The £2million George family harbourside home on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula, Dorset
The prosecutor at Poole Magistrates’ Court did not object to the delay but stressed George ‘should not be able to escape punishment by simply leaving the country’.
George will be assessed by a probation officer for a pre-sentence report after he returns on November 11. It will then take another month before he can be dealt with.
The court heard George, who lives yards from ex-football manager Harry Redknapp, caused trouble during an afternoon drinking at the yacht club on September 20.
He became annoyed when staff refused to serve him anymore alcohol as he appeared intoxicated.
He then lifted up his cardigan and flashed at them the handle of a pistol that was tucked into the waistband of his shorts.
He told the barman ‘don’t be a pussy, give me a drink’, the court heard. Shocked staff gave George a glass of prosecco before calling the police when he left the bar area.
George was arrested at his family’s home 140 yards from the yacht club on Sandbanks (above)
Ryan Senevirante, prosecuting, said: ‘He returned to the club at 3.30pm, went to the bar and showed he had something tucked into his waistband.
‘He was told he could not have a gun but he replied ‘don’t be a pussy, give me a drink’. The police were then called but the defendant had left by then.’
George, the son of wealthy market owner Brendan George, was arrested at his family’s £2million harbourside home 140 yards from the yacht club a short time later.
The incident was attended by armed police who conducted a search of the area, including George’s home.
Terry Scanlan, defending, said: ‘Mr George was in possession of a toy gun and he admits he lifted his cardigan up so staff were aware of it. However he does not believe there is any linkage between this and his request for alcohol.’
Mr Scanlan said that while his client is away he will see a doctor three times a week to treat ‘alcohol-related issues’. George will be sentenced on December 4.
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