A violent bouncer who headbutted an innocent teenager in the face at a Newcastle city centre nightclub has been jailed.
A court heard another reveller had mistakenly pinpointed a 17-year-old as a dancefloor troublemaker and Ovenden moved in to eject him from Illegitimate, on the Bigg Market.
As the teenager protested his innocence, Ovenden headbutted him, causing him to lose one tooth and damaging another.
Now the 21-year-old, of Derwent Street, Benwell, Newcastle, has been locked up for 27 months after admitting the assault.
Judge Robert Moore told him: “There was an altercation on the dancefloor. On the evidence, he was the wrong person to eject but you may not have known that straight away.
“While you were taking him out, he was obviously protesting his innocence and as the CCTV shows, you deliberately butted him in the face.
“Such a blow would always be likely to break a nose or front teeth. Here, it was the boy’s tooth.
“His life has been changed as a result, with lost confidence from his changed appearance.”
Newcastle Crown Court heard the bouncer was, at the time, awaiting sentence for an earlier common assault on a customer while on duty at Tiger Tiger in the, for which he was later fined £259.
Referring to the victim at Illegitimate, prosecutor Sue Hirst told the court: “He felt immediate pain. The defendant continued to usher him out of the premises, at which stage the complainant’s mouth was pouring with blood.”
The victim, who was taken to the RVI by pals afterwards, said he is “extremely self conscious” about his appearance, his social life has “gone downhill” since the attack and he fears being assaulted again.
In his basis of plea, Ovenden claimed the victim had appeared “threatening” while he was being removed from the bar, which is not accepted by the prosecution.
Jonathan Cousins, defending, said Ovenden has an apprenticeship and no longer works as a doorman.
Mr Cousins said Ovenden, who has a supportive family, has references to his otherwise positive character and is “highly thought of” at his apprenticeship employment.
Mr Cousins added: “He has made, I accept, more than one mistake but he is someone who, with proper assistance, has a positive life in front of him.”
Source – chroniclelive.co.uk