A DOORMAN at a Worcester nightclub assaulted two people in ‘excessive self-defence’ after his colleagues were attacked, a court heard.
Takhar denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm but instead admitted a common assault against the same victim, Alexander Perry, on September 15 last year.
The 25-year-old further admitted possession of cannabis. However, he denied possession of a machete and a not guilty verdict was entered at the hearing.
A further count of possession of a weighted glove will lie on file for the time-being.
Pleas offered by the defendant were deemed acceptable to the Crown.
CCTV footage shows a man trying to force his way into the club after being ejected and others being drawn into the struggle.
Takhar can be seen throwing several punches at a man who is pushed back against a car outside the nightclub. A woman also falls to the floor.
William Dudley, prosecuting, said weighted gloves with Kevlar on the front could fit with the defendant’s explanation that they were there to protect him from syringes while searching people’s bags.
He said the gloves were not so rigid as to make them ‘akin to a knuckleduster’.
Judge Nicolas Cartwright said the defendant’s position was that ‘that they were worn for protection’ but added that any punch thrown while wearing the gloves ‘is bound to be more damaging than a bare fist’.
Lee Masters, for Takhar, said CCTV from inside the club would be brought to court.
He said: “It’s important because it shows, as your Honour will have seen, where Mr Takhar’s colleagues were being attacked – I don’t use the word loosely – which was the catalyst for this.”
He described his client as a man of previous good character with no previous convictions whatsoever who had pleaded guilty to the two common assaults on the basis of ‘excessive self-defence’.
He told the court that the cannabis was for his client’s personal use.
Judge Nicolas Cartwright adjourned the case so a pre-sentence report could be prepared by the probation service.
He said: “It’s not a case I feel I can deal with today by means of a fine. It may be that is ultimately how the case is resolved.”
The next hearing, which will be for sentence, will be at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, October 18.
Takhar, of Soho Road, Birmingham, has only one bail condition – to co-operate with the probation service in the preparation of the pre-sentence report.
Source – Worcester News