A drunk Stereophonics fan lashed out at a doorman when he was refused entry into the band’s Newcastle gig.
Shaun Crossman flew into a rage and punched the bouncer in front of shocked concert-goers at the Metro Radio Arena one evening last month.
But Crossman woke-up with more than a hangover when he was arrested and charged with one count of assault by beating, which he pleaded guilty to during a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Ordering him to do unpaid work as part of a community order, District Judge Kate Meek said: “You have heard what has been said about the offence.
“It’s serious enough for a community order to be imposed. Your behaviour was unacceptable and violent and it was against a member of staff working at the time. It was also in front of a large number of people who were trying, presumably, to have an enjoyable evening.”
The court was told that Crossman, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlepool, attended the Stereophonics concert at the Metro Radio Arena on March 12 this year.
He initially pushed the doorman after was refused entry because he was too drunk.
James Long, prosecuting, said: “The defendant did, however, return ten minutes later and punched the bouncer once to the neck.”
The court heard unemployed Crossman confessed to having a “skin full” on the night but claimed the door staff were “over the top”.
Neil Taylor, mitigating, said: “He makes an early guilty plea. He didn’t try to deny the offence in interview. He accepts an altercation took place and his behaviour shouldn’t have been how it was.”
Crossman was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Source – Chronicle Live