Hero doorman, once commended for saving a person’s life, fractured reveller’s jaw outside nightclub

A “hero” doorman, who was once commended for saving a person’s life one New Year’s Eve, fractured a reveller’s jaw outside a Derbyshire nightclub.

Derby Crown Court heard how “the red mist came down” on David Young after he refused the victim entry to the nightspot.

The father-of-three delivered one “slap” with an open palm but hit the man so hard he now has screws and metal plates fitted from surgery.

In a victim impact statement he told how he is “now frightened to go out” and needed six weeks off work to recuperate from the blow from Young.

A judge has spared the 35-year-old immediate custody and instead handed him an 18-month community order. He must also pay his victim £1,000.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “It is not very often that somebody with such good character as yourself appears before the court having committed and offence while in employment where he is highly respected.

“But that’s what you did and for reasons only you will ever know the red mist came down with this particular member of the public.

“You were in a position of responsibility and you behaved appallingly towards him.

“You were a hero doorman having saved the life of a man in Sheffield one New Year’s Eve.

“You were given a police commendation for that, you were someone of decent, moral character.

“This was a disastrous one second in your life, you have lost your job and you can never go back to working an an industry you enjoyed so much.”

Eddie Leonard, prosecuting, said the incident took place at The Vibe nightclub, in Chesterfield, on April 20, 2019.

She said the victim was refused entry and began to ask the bouncers why.

Miss Leonard said: “Mr Young is much bigger and taller than the victim, towering over him.

“He (the victim) backed away towards a taxi when the defendant delivered one blow to the face.

“It was not a punch, more like and open-handed slap.”

Miss Leonard said the victim suffered a bilateral fracture to his jaw which required surgery including having plates and screws fitted to his face.

Young, of Horbury Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Gregor Purcell, mitigating, said his client has three daughters and since the incident has twice been diagnosed with cancer.

He said: “He has lost his employment which he excelled at and now works valeting cars and also has had work as a security guard at a supermarket and he was commended for that.

“He also does work at a local football club and the weekend.

“Through his plea he says sorry.”

As part of the community order, Young was ordered to undertake 80 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay the victim £1,000 compensation.

Source – Derby Telegraph