Naked stripper from Brighton cleared of assault after hitting pub owners with stiletto

Posted On 11 Nov 2010 at 4:51 pm

A stripper from Brighton has been cleared of assault after she hit the landlord and landlady of a village pub during a row.

They had accused her of being too drunk to dance.

Holly Jaswal, 23, from Langley Crescent, Woodingdean, knocked out the landlady and hit her husband in the eye with the stiletto heel of one of her shoes.

A jury at Guildford Crown Court accepted that Jaswal, who was naked at the time of the incident, had acted in self defence.

She was cleared of two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.

She admitted hitting the couple but insisted that she had done so only in self defence and that the landlady had racially abused her.

The incident took place at The Crown pub in Knaphill, near Woking, Surrey, in July last year.

The pub, owned by David O’Brien, 43, and his wife Toni, has since lost its licence over concerns about the way that it was being run.

Ruby Selva, prosecuting, said that Jaswal had become cross when she was accused of being drunk.

She said that the O’Briens were told by a member of their staff that Jaswal had been so drunk that she could not get her shoes on so had danced barefoot.

The couple told Jaswal that they would tell the agency that employed her – Angels Exotic Dancers – and that she would not be booked to dance at the pub in the future.

Michael Hillman, defending, suggested that the O’Briens were drunk themselves.

The Crown has gone out of business since it was closed.

The incident involving Jaswal was described as one of 43 occasions on which police were called to attend the premises.

Its licence was revoked by Woking Borough Council after repeated complaints about noise and criminal damage.

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