A millionaire’s son who threatened a barman with fake gun after being refused prosecco won’t face justice for two months – because he is jetting off to Barbados.
Oliver George 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.
The 26-year-old, who lives in exclusive Sandbanks, faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail for the offence of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.
Despite 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, Dorset.
The prosecutor did not object to the lengthy delay but stressed George ‘should not be able to escape punishment by simply leaving the country’.
George won’t be assessed by a probation officer for a pre-sentence report until after he gets back on November 11.
It will then take another month before he can be dealt with.
The court heard George 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 p****, 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.
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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.
George will now be sentenced on December 4.