Man jailed for assaulting Reading doorman, he says “I am very happy with the sentence, and it just goes to show you cannot get away with violence against door staff.”

A CLUB security doorman who was injured in an unprovoked attack at a nightclub in Reading feels like he has closure after the perpetrator was jailed for over two years.

Jonathan Proctor was assaulted outside The Purple Turtle Bar on January 22 last year and suffered from a dislocated jaw.

The offender, Wayne Swaine, was found guilty of the attack on March 21 this year and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (July 19) to 26 months imprisonment.

Mr Proctor, who has since left his role as a doorman for the Gun Street bar, said he is happy with the sentence as it shows that violence against door staff will not be tolerated.

“I think that was a fair sentence,” he said. “Considering the punishment I’ve had. I had to change jobs, I don’t even live in Reading anymore.

“Attacking door staff should never be acceptable, we do a job that ensures that people can have a safe night and attacking us is not acceptable.”

The court heard that Swaine, 47, was trying to gain entry to the bar at 1.30am but was told by a manager it was no longer accepting new entries due to the closing time being imminent.

Prosecutor Sarita Bashir said the defendant appear to become frustrated by this and ‘rushed into the establishment’ where he was then removed by door staff.

He then became ‘very aggressive’ and struck Mr Proctor, causing him to eventually collapse to the floor, feeling unwell.

Swaine was arrested and Mr Proctor was taken to hospital for treatment.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court, Mr Proctor describes feeling ‘scared’ that the attack would trigger his epilepsy.

He was unable to eat for a week following the incident and has suffered ‘emotionally, physically, socially and financially’.

The court heard that Swaine, of Oak Avenue, Wokingham, has 15 previous convictions for 51 offences.

Samir Pasha, defending Swaine, said: “Mr Swaine wishes to make it known that this is something that has really pushed him back and he regrets this so much.

“His last conviction was in 2014 – it had been eight years of keeping out of trouble and this has gone and ruined this new life he has started.

“Mr Swaine is very understanding of the pain he must have caused and he has so much regret about that.

“It should not have got this far, it should not have happened in the first place.”

Jude Kirsty Real sentenced Swaine, who is the director of a cable company, stating the incident was so serious that only a custodial sentence could be considered.

Mr Proctor concluded: “Emotionally, it feels like closure now. I am very happy with the sentence that has been imposed and it just goes to show you cannot get away with violence against door staff.”

Source – Bracknell News