Experienced Darlington doorman loses temper and punches clubber (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Doorman at Harvey's nightclub in Darlington admits assaulting reveller
AN experienced doorman lost his cool and punched a town centre reveller in the face after being provoked, a court heard.
David Hudson, 38, pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared before Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday September 26).
Prosecutor Deborah Hodge said Hudson was working the doors at Harvey’s nightclub in Darlington on August 3 when he refused entry to Marcus O’Malley and a group of his friends.
Mr O’Malley admitted that he made a sarcastic comment telling Hudson to “have a nice night”, which led to the doorman slapping him in the face, then later crossing the road to punch him when the group were trying to walk away.
Mitigating, Andrew Clinton said Hudson, of Meadow Road, Trimdon, had been a doorman for more than 20 years and should have handled the situation better.
However, he claimed that Mr O’Malley’s version of events did not match Hudson’s.
“Mr O’Malley said he wasn’t drunk at the time – he’d had ten drinks,” said Mr Clinton.
“Mr O’Malley had made a threatening remark that Mr Hudson thought was going to be backed up by violence.
“He reacted to that by slapping him – he says it was more of a push away.”
Mr Clinton said Mr O’Malley had pulled Hudson’s tie off in the first scuffle and then crossed the road to goad him with it.
He added that Mr Hudson wanted to accept the police caution offered when he was arrested, but was advised against it by a solicitor.
Magistrates ordered him to pay a £180 fine, £85 costs and £50 compensation.