A woman who screeched at a doorman in a Yeovil nightclub before spitting at him in the face while he was restraining her has been convicted of an allegation of assault following a trial before Somerset Magistrates.
A security guard was asked to escort her out, but while walking down a flight of stairs the defendant was attacked by another female clubber who pulled her to the ground by her hair and then ran outside.
A court heard that when Richards began to charge out of the club the guard restrained her, along with several police officers.
She then became hysterical and spat straight in his face leaving him feeling “violated”, magistrates were told.
Richards, 28, of St Georges Avenue, Yeovil, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a doorman by beating him on March 10.
Prosecutor Neil Whittle said that the defendant was at Club Neo in Stars Lane in the early hours of the morning when she was involved in an altercation and security had been asked to eject her from the premises.
The victim, was a member of door staff who had been asked to escort her outside, but while going down a flight of stairs a female had come up behind Richards and pulled her to the ground by her hair.
“The female had gone outside and the victim then put Richards in a bear hug to stop her from going outside and to prevent an assault,” he said.
“The defendant then started to fling her arms around and spat in the doorman’s face so she was taken to the ground and the police were called.
“CCTV footage of the incident was viewed and the defendant can be heard gathering up spittle and phlegm before spitting at him and then scratched him on the face.
“She was then restrained with handcuffs and was arrested for assault and taken to the police station.”
The doorman who gave evidence at the trial, said he was asked to take Richards out of the club and was ushering her out when another girl came up behind her and propelled her backwards onto the floor.
“I asked if she was ok and offered to help pick her stuff up but she then started to head towards the front door,” he said.
“I ran after her and she asked if the other girl was out there so I then bear-hugged her because by her body language and aggressiveness I knew she was going outside to continue the confrontation.
“I let go after a few seconds and was telling her to calm down but she then went to punch me in the face and I told her if she did it again I would take her to the floor and restrain her.
“She then spat in my face and it went all over me like a spray so I then took her to the ground but she then scratched the right side of my face and then spat at me again leaving me feeling violated.”
“In six years of me working as a member of security this has never happened to me before.”
Richards then began struggling violently and was being restrained by the victim and several police officers and swore at them and shouted abuse until she was eventually arrested.
Giving evidence from the witness box, Richards said that she had drunk a lot that night and had consumed two bottles of wine before she even left her house.
She said: “I am not a violent person. I was just on the stairs and shocked by what the other girl had done and just wanted to leave and go home. I would not have done anything to her.
“I was just trying to leave and he (the victim) stopped me from going and my wrists were bruised and hurting afterwards.
“I suffer from panic attacks and was asking him to let me go so I could breathe properly.
“It is not in my character to spit and maybe some spit went on him while I was shouting, but I would never spit at anyone. It’s disgusting.”
The magistrates told Richards that they considered the doorman’s evidence to be clear and concise and he stood up well to cross examination.
They said that Richards herself had said her evidence was limited because she was intoxicated and remembered little about the incident.
The CCTV also demonstrated the state she was in at the time and scratches were also found on the victim’s face.
As a result they found the defendant guilty of the assault and imposed an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £75 compensation to the victim.
They also ordered her to pay £185 towards the costs of the trial and a £20 victim surcharge.
Source – Somerset Live