Clubber Nathan Stayley attacked a door supervisor with a metal pole after trying to fight with another bouncer.
Another door supervisor from Walkabout intervened and took the defendant to the ground before Stayley’s friend dragged him off and they made off.
But Stayley returned, grabbed a metal pole from outside Walkabout and struck the second doorman to the head leaving him needing hospital treatment to close a wound.
Now Stayley – who has stopped drinking in the two years since the assault – has been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Andrew Davidson said the defendant became involved in an altercation with a door supervisor in Trinity Street, Hanley, at 12.30am on February 12, 2019.
Mr Davidson said: “He said, ‘I want to fight you’. The defendant threw a punch at the man which did not connect and the door supervisor threw a punch back.
“Another door supervisor at Walkabout took the defendant to the floor and held him to prevent him causing any more violence.
“The man with the defendant took the door supervisor off the back of him and the defendant ran away briefly.
“There was a further scuffle with the first doorman.”
But the defendant returned to Walkabout and picked up a metal pole holding the guidance rail outside.
Mr Davidson said: “The defendant swung it at the door supervisor, who had held him to the ground, to the head. It caused a laceration.
He attended hospital and had several stitches in the wound.”
Stayley, of Dorchester Walk, Bentilee, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said the defendant will comply with any order imposed by the court. He said: “He has been employed for two years. It is two years since the incident. He has done something to move forward regarding his own rehabilitation by refraining from the use of alcohol.
“If he goes to custody he will lose his job and he will struggle to gain further employment in the future.”
As part of the suspended sentence Stayley must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days and a 12 week electronically-monitored curfew from 11pm to 5am on Fridays and 8pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays.
He was ordered to pay £750 compensation and £750 costs.
Judge David Fletcher said: “It is not the first time you have been involved in violence.
“The delay gave you a chance to prove you are capable of living a more productive and less violent life.
“It was committed against one of those people who are required to try and make sure people behave appropriately in and out of nightclubs. You used a weapon. There were injuries that required stitches.
“You had been drinking alcohol. It is what has got you into trouble.
“There is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”
Source – Stoke Live