Teen pulled knife on doorman after downing 30-plus shots on night out

An ‘obscenely’ drunk teenager pulled out a knife on a doorman who had barred his friend.

James Brown had taken the kitchen knife with him to Hogarths Gin Palace in Newcastle after earlier being refused entry to another bar.

Staff ejected the 18-year-old’s intoxicated friend and the defendant took drinks out for them both.

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But he was told he could not do that and his mate became aggressive.

The doorman punched him in self-defence which prompted the defendant – who had consumed at least 30 shots – to run up to him and hit him over the head with the drinks tray.

He then whipped out the knife from his bag but was restrained by door staff from nearby bars.
While detained he threatened to stab the doormen.

Now Brown has been sentenced to eight months detention in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for 18 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Power said a doorman at Hogarths Gin Palace in High Street was made aware that a customer had been removed due to him being intoxicated.

Miss Power said: “He saw the defendant bring some drinks out to him on a tray. He told the men they could not drink outside. The first man was verbally abusive to the doorman and swung a punch at him but the doorman punched him in self-defence.

“The defendant ran towards the doorman with the drinks tray striking him to the head.

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“The doorman said he saw the defendant pull a knife out of his man-bag. It was a kitchen knife with a blade two to four inches long.

“He was concerned due to the number of people around and struck the defendant.

“When other door staff became involved and restrained the defendant the knife was on the floor and underfoot.

“While he was restrained he was heard to say, ‘I will have you, I will stab all you’. The police attended and the defendant was arrested.”

The defendant was heavily intoxicated and was sick in the police vehicle. He was taken to hospital to be checked.

He was later interviewed at the police station and told officers he had drunk four Jagermeisters and four sambucas in the first bar he had been in followed by 25 to 30 shots plus pints of Carling.
He said he got involved as the supervisor had attacked his mate.

He accepted he had a knife. He returned home to collect some identification as he had been refused entry. He took the knife from his home as he thought it would be a good idea. He said it was to protect himself and he had no intention to use it but had it to intimidate people if needed.

Brown, of Waterloo Road, Cobridge, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in public and assault.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant had just turned 18 at the time and has no previous convictions.

He came to Stoke from London and lived at the YMCA in Hanley.

He started mixing with others from there and started drinking a lot.

Mr Holt said: “It was a gross error of judgement. He does realise how stupid he was. It was over in a matter of seconds.”

As part of the suspended sentence Brown must complete 120 hours unpaid work and a four-month electronically-monitored curfew from 9pm to 5am.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “Your friend had been ejected from licensed premises because of his state of intoxication. You decided to take drinks out to him when you were told you could not do that.

“Your friend became extremely aggressive and you knew from your previous experience that he had a propensity for that sort of behaviour. The security guard punched him in self-defence and that was the cue for you to get involved.

“You ran at him and hit him over the head with a drinks tray and you produced a knife from a bag you were carrying. You were restrained from staff from adjoining premises and you made various threats to those people to stab them. You were fortunate you were not charged with something more serious.

“You appear to recognise your own stupidity.

“Knife crime is prevalent and attracts deterrent sentences. You chose to go home, having been refused entry, and to go out with a knife.

“Those who carry knives so often in the heat of the moment do just what you did. They produce them and go on to use them, sometimes to catastrophic effect.

“I have agonised over your case. I am just about persuaded to impose a suspended sentence but I can’t tell you how close you have come. If you mess about you will come back to this court and I will have no hesitation at all sending you away.”

Brown was ordered to pay £150 compensation to the doorman and £425 costs.

Source – Stoke Sentinel