A drunken man suspected of being high on ketamine bit a doorman’s thumb and had to be put in a spit hood by police after lashing out at nightclub security staff, a court heard.
Door staff were attending to a member of the public who required first aid, when Thomas James Davies arrived at Atik nightclub and started poking one of the doormen in the arm, which triggered the incident on Sunday morning (March 3).
The 22-year-old, of Nant y Coed, Holywell, was restrained but took swings at staff, bit one of them on the thumb and was then taken down to the floor, but still managed to punch another member of security on the nose, prosecutor Justin Espie told North-East Wales Magistrates at Mold.
They suspected he had been taking ketamine and he continued to “lash out”.
When police arrived at the Wrexham club Davies spat at officers and had to be put in a “spit hood”. It took seven officers to get the defendant into the van.
Davies pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and two counts of resisting arrest.
His defence counsel Alun Williams said the incident came about because of a misunderstanding.
He said: “He came to Wrexham with a friend and two young ladies. Their intention was to stay in a hotel then go to a nightclub. He consumed Jack Daniels in his hotel and went to the club.”
Davies’ friend became drunk and the door staff were trying to help him when one of the women in the group mistakenly told the defendant they were assaulting him. One of the doorman had patted the man’s face trying to bring him round.
Mr Williams said Davies was “under the misapprehension his friend was being assaulted”. He added: “He was clearly drunk but it appears he had ketamine administered to him.
“He poked the doorman and things escalated. He waves his arms but makes contact with a police officer’s eye. After being Captor sprayed he then spits.”
He said his client “had been doing well” on a post-sentence supervision order and asked he be given a suspended sentence so he could maintain his progress.
Davies had been jailed for 10 months in February 2018 for dangerously driving on a pavement in Holywell, forcing schoolchildren to scatter, while uninsured and disqualified. He left jail on December 24 last year.
Magistrate Michael Jones sentenced Davies to 16 weeks custody, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay compensation of £150 to a special constable hit in the eye, £100 to doorman Darren Evans who was bitten on the thumb and £50 to doorman Trevor Beddows.
In total, with surcharge and costs, he was ordered to pay £560 to the court.
He was also ordered to continue for the remaining nine months with his post custodial supervision order and he was banned from all pubs in Wrexham town centre for 12 months.
Source – North Wales Live