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Drunken man has to pay compensation to bouncer he spat on at Leicester city centre bar

5 Sep, 2018

Drunken man has to pay compensation to bouncer he spat on at Leicester city centre bar

A drunken customer was told to pay £50 compensation to a bouncer he spat on in a Leicester bar.

Frank Wakefield prodded a doorman in the chest and spat on him after he was asked to leave the Rack ‘n’ Roll sports bar in the city centre.

Prosecutor Zoe Lee told Leicester Magistrates’ Court how 29-year-old Wakefield was drunk in the Belgrave Gate bar and started to annoy staff.

“He was sitting at the bar,” she said. “He was alone, drinking.

“Much to the annoyance of members of staff he tried to chat them up.

“He became loud and obscene. Security staff asked him to leave.

“The defendant took umbrage at this and became abusive.

“He stood chest to chest with a doorman and prodded him in the chest. He spat at him.”

Staff called the police who arrived and arrested Wakefield.

Mrs Lee said Wakefield, a self-employed plasterer, had nine convictions for 15 offences, some involving violence.

The defendant, of Potterton Road, Stocking Farm, Leicester, pleaded guilty to assaulting the bouncer on July 21.

Nabeel Gatrad, defending, said his client had mental health issues and had been working with staff at the addiction clinic Turning Point.

He added: “He fully accepts he was intoxicated. He does sometimes have a problem with drink.

“This was a one-off incident. He has been diagnosed with psychosis and is one three different types of medication.”

District Judge Sally Fudge said: “I find spitting one of the most unpleasant ways to assault someone.

“In many ways it is worse than punching someone. Fortunately the spit landed on his chest and not on his skin.”

Judge Fudge fined Wakefield £300 and ordered him to pay compensation to the doorman.

She also ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Judge Fudge told Wakefield: “You have had mental health difficulties and are trying to seek help.

“You have to keep on working on your issues. You can’t get yourself into a situation like this again.”

Source – leicester mercury

 

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