Millionaire's son who terrorised barman with a fake gun is spared jail

Millionaire’s son, 26, who terrorised a barman with a fake gun at a yacht club party is spared jail after his sentencing was delayed for two months so he could jet off to Barbados

  • Oliver George, from Sandbanks, Dorset, was given permission to go to Barbados
  • Had been convicted of terrorising a barman with a fake gun and blamed alcohol
  • George claimed he would be getting alcohol treatment at the Barbados resort
  • But during luxury trip, photos emerged of George apparently drinking cocktails
  • On his return, George was sentenced to carry out 200 hours community service

Oliver George is pictured arriving at Poole Magistrates Court today

A millionaire’s son whose sentencing for a drunken yacht club fracas was delayed for two months so he could jet off to Barbados has been spared jail.

Oliver George, 26, was controversially given permission by a court to leave the country despite being convicted of terrorising a barman with a fake gun.

His lawyer had said George would be getting treatment for his drinking problem during the pre-booked, month-long family holiday to the Caribbean.

But during the luxury trip, photos emerged of George apparently drinking.

Sporting a red suntan, ginger-haired George, from exclusive Sandbanks, returned to a chilly Poole Magistrates’ Court in Dorset to be dealt with for the fake gun offence.

He avoided jail and was instead told to carry out 200 hours community service after his lawyer said he had got his drinking under control since returning from Barbados.

The court heard that on September 20, George had got so drunk at the Sandbanks Yacht Club that bar staff refused to serve him anymore Prosecco.

He became angry and lifted up his cardigan to reveal to the barman the handle of what turned out to be toy pistol tucked into his shorts.

George then said ‘don’t be a p***y, give me a drink’.

George, the son of wealthy market owner Brendan George, was arrested at his family’s £2million harbourside home, 140 yards from the yacht club.

George (shown arriving at court today with his mother) was controversially given permission by a court to leave the country despite being convicted of terrorising a barman with a fake gun

George avoided jail and was instead told to carry out 200 hours community service after his lawyer said he had got his drinking under control since returning from Barbados

David Finney, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant lifted up his cardigan to reveal the top of a toy gun tucked in his waistband.

‘While he didn’t brandish it, staff didn’t know if it was real or not and were scared.

‘Other witnesses complained about his behaviour that afternoon and said he was making a nuisance and using foul language.’

George, 26, who lives on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula in Dorset, was spotted drinking in Barbados

Mr Finney told the court the barman said in his statement he was ‘really scared’ at being shown the top of the gun.

He said: ‘The member of staff said he felt threatened seeing it – he said he didn’t know what he [George] would do.’

Mr Finney explained to the court that the reason for the two month gap between George pleading guilty and being sentenced was the holiday to Barbados.

Terry Scanlan, mitigating, said George had an alcohol problem that he had been able to ‘control’ since returning from Barbados.

He said: ‘Mr George had bought the toy gun for his nephew from Amazon for £5.50 and it was clearly harmless.

‘For some reason he picked it up when he saw it in his garden and put it under his waistband.

‘He didn’t intend to do anything sinister but he admits it was a stupid, feckless thing to do.

‘He acknowledges the staff would not have known it was not a real gun and would have been scared.

‘Mr George has been dealing with significant mental health and alcohol problems.

The court heard that on September 20, George had got so drunk at the Sandbanks Yacht Club (pictured) that bar staff refused to serve him anymore Prosecco

George was also spotted riding around in a gold buggy at the Holetown resort (pictured above)

‘However, he has got his drinking problem under control since returning from Barbados.’

The court heard George had previous convictions for assault by beating in January 2019 and for drink driving in 2014 and 2017.

George, who admitted possessing an imitation firearm in a public place, was given an 18 month community order with 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay a £85 fine, a £90 victim’s surcharge and £400 compensation.

Sentencing, magistrate David Senior said: ‘What you did was feckless. You put people in fear who thought you had a real weapon.

‘You need to consider the seriousness of what you’ve done.’

George was arrested at his family’s home 140 yards from the yacht club on Sandbanks (above) in September

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