A doorman pushed and punched a man in a “cowardly, bully-like” attack, twice knocking him unconscious to the ground.
Robert Ward, 28, of Byron Grove, Grimsby, admitted assault on July 23 last year.
Rebecca Dolby, prosecuting, told Grimsby Magistrates’ Court that the confrontation happened outside a pub just before 4.45am.
The man walked out of The Bank premises in Grimsby town centre and talked to door staff.
He walked towards Ward with his hands in his pockets. Ward pushed him backwards, using so much force as to knock him off his feet.
He was seemingly unconscious but later got up and faced Ward, who hit him on the side of the face.
He fell to the ground where he banged his head and again seemed to be unconscious.
Blood was coming from the back of his head and he was taken to hospital. It was at first feared that he had life-threatening injuries but this was not the case.
He suffered a laceration on the back of his head which was seemingly glued. The man had been left with a permanent scar.
Rebecca Perrin, mitigating, said that Ward admitted striking out twice, causing a head wound, but claimed that there was some provocation, including the comment: “I’m going to find out where you live.”
He admitted that he should not have reacted with such a level of force and agreed that, as a doorman, he was employed to prevent cases of violence, not to become involved in it.
He had no previous convictions and was no longer a doorman, now working in construction.
Deputy district judge Edward Barr said that Ward had a doorman’s badge and training over the minimum use of force and he should not be rising to provocation.
Mr Barr compared it with the training given to police and the consequences they faced over possible dismissal at disciplinary hearings if they used violence.
He condemned the assault as “cowardly, bully-like” and a “complete and gross exceeding” of the terms and conditions of his employment.
The victim had suffered psychological and physical trauma. He was not in a position to resist and did not do so. There was no threat from the victim.
Ward was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence, 300 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation, £85 costs and a Government-imposed £115 victims’ surcharge.
Source – grimsby telegraph