Doorman Narrowly Escapes Losing Licence for carrying CS Gas and Pava Spray

A bouncer at a popular Avenues nightclub has spoken out after he was “lucky” not to be jailed.

Lukasz Kuras, 38, who works as a doorman at Tofts nightclub, says possessing two cans of harmful spray – which are both legal in his native Poland – was a “complete lack of judgement”.

The sprays he had were buried inside an old gym bag and he claims one can was empty – and the other one was to apprehend dangerous dogs.

Lukasz was given an “exceptional” punishment and was ordered to simply pay a fine after appearing in court on Friday.

The bouncer has had his fair share of injuries after being attacked with weapons on a frequent basis, but said he would never use them, or have the need to use them, himself.

Speaking to Hull Live, the bouncer said: “I don’t want to make excuses, but I’m not a young kid, I wouldn’t have been carrying these around and want people to know I would have never used them.

“If I had been given a suspended sentence I would have lost absolutely everything – everything I’ve built over the past 12 years.”

Kuras admitted two offences of possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid when he appeared before magistrates last month. The maximum penalty for the offence is a ten-year prison sentence.

Speaking about the offences, Lukasz said: “Both sprays were out of date, and one was empty, and one was to be used on aggressive dogs. I brought them to the UK from Poland – where they are legal – in an old bag.

“I had been in Poland and they were at the bottom of a bag, which I had forgotten about, and given one of the sprays to my mum to use when I went on holiday for protection – just incase.

“I was coming back home to the UK via car, needed a spare bag and brought that back.”

Both his current and former employers gave Lukasz sterling references which moved the judge away from handing him a suspended sentence or community order. These two punishments could have seen the bouncer lose his door licence.

Lukasz, who came to the UK in 2006 and was described as a “model doorman”, said he believes “it was no coincidence” that a police officer was parked outside his home after arriving home from work.

He says the officers claimed he was possessing firearms and found the two cans in a bag in his car.

“I told them I don’t want a solicitor, I have nothing to hide here,” he said. “When they told me they were not legal in this country, I obviously pleaded guilty on the first occasion.”

Hull Crown Court heard the CS gas and pava spray were “riot control agents” which can cause “coughing” and “a feeling of tightness in the chest and nausea”.

But Lukasz was quick to point out that, if used, it would have no long term damage.

Addressing the people of Hull, he said: “I want the public to know they are safe with me and that I can protect them without the need for weapons. I want people to trust me.

“Like I have said, it was an error of judgement bringing them over here. I have to live with that.”

‘Don’t do it again’

Sentencing Kuras, Judge Bury told him: “I have read references about you to the fact you are a model employee, and if everybody working on our doors were like you there would be hardly any public disorder around our nightclubs and public houses.

“I have come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances I can take an exceptional course here, a course that would not be available to virtually anybody else in this situation.”

Kuras was fined £700 and was ordered to pay £200 costs within 28 days.

The judge told him: “It’s very important you make sure nothing like this happens again because you will not get the same treatment next time. Do you understand?”

“Yes, I do,” said Kuras.

Source – Hull Daily Mail