Devon hotelier jailed for physically assaulting staff

A Devon hotelier has been jailed for 22 weeks for numerous assaults against her employees and a police officer.

Shirley Bothroyd, 59, who was dubbed “the female Basil Fawlty” in a TripAdvisor review, claimed she could not remember the incidents as her “drinks were spiked”.

Bothroyd ran the Bay Hotel in Teignmouth, which she bought four years ago following a 30-year career as a human rights lawyer. The hotel closed earlier this year.

On trial at the Newton Abbot Magistrates on 2 October, Bothroyd plead guilty to grabbing her chef Pauline Cave by the hair and throwing her on the ground on June 25. She also admitted to threatening behaviour towards her receptionist Hannah Glover on June 6.

Other charges related to throwing objects as well as punching and slapping staff members. She was accused of throwing a pint glass at police officer PC Laing while she was on bail.

The court rejected her claim that her drinks were spiked.

Bothroyd was given a custodial sentence of 20 weeks for her most serious assault, with the sentences for the other incidents to run concurrently. She was given a further four week sentence for her assault against PC Laing.

She was also ordered to pay a total of £1,235 in compensation and court fees.

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