Drinker George Edwards spat in a pub doorman’s face and punched him twice during a vicious attack.
Prosecutor Christy Woods said: “Mr Edwards was also asked to leave. The defendant asked why he should. He argued and was aggressive.
“The defendant grabbed the doorman by his high-vis jacket and tried to take him to the floor. The defendant punched him in the face. There was a second punch to the nose, causing the skin to break.
“The defendant then spat in the injured party’s face three times and as he was doing so he said, ‘I’ve got AIDS’. The defendant took off his t-shirt and was trying to fight the injured party.”
A member of door staff from the nearby Reginald Mitchell pub came to help and detained Edwards until police arrived.
Miss Woods added: “The injured party was sickened and was fearful for his own safety and health.”
The building apprentice, of Wolsley Road, Oakhill, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating.
Simon Dykes, mitigating, said Edwards is receiving support from Christian charity Walk Ministries.
He added: “He went out with a fellow resident for a drink, which became two then three. He was asked to leave the pub and he became involved in an altercation.
“He is extremely sorry for the way he behaved and offers his sincerest apologies to the member of door staff involved. This was a blip which he regrets.”
Magistrates described the assault as ‘vicious’.
They handed Edwards a 12-month community order with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He must also pay a £40 fine, £100 compensation to the victim, £135 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
Source – Stoke Sentinel