Former Portland pub landlord jailed

FORMER Portland pub landlord Dorian Diment has been sent to prison for threatening his ex-girlfriend after a judge told him the jury did not believe his ‘cock and bull story’.

The court heard that Diment told Leigh Joanne Hall she ‘was going to get it’ after he had spend a night in police cells.

Diment had been locked up after Hall had reported him to police for contacting her on Facebook – breaching a non-molestation order.

Diment was not charged for the website accusation but a jury at Bournemouth Crown Court decided Diment breached the order by later verbally threatening Mrs Hall on Portland on February 23.

The threat activated a six-week suspended prison sentence imposed for pushing a Weymouth and Portland Borough Council hygiene inspector against a fridge at the Mermaid Inn.

Recorder Stuart Jones said Diment had previously punched, kicked and grabbed the neck of a different girlfriend when he accused her of having affairs with other men. In total Diment will spend 18 weeks in prison.

Francesca Da Costa, in mitigation, said Diment, 51, who ran the Mermaid Inn with Mrs Hall, lost the pub and a farm he ran on the island and is now bankrupt and living with a new partner in L’Islet in St Sampson in Guernsey.

Mr Jones ordered a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mrs Hall must continue.

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