AN angry nightclub bouncer who perforated a helpless customer’s bowel with a punch to the gut has walked free from court.
Victim Martin Robinson has still been unable to return to work after the attack in Wigan town centre a year ago, and faces further surgery.
But a judge did not jail Lucca Curri because he helps his partner care for her two autistic children and he ruled this was exceptional circumstances.
Judge David Harris, who heard from a social worker how the 20-year-old and 25-year-old would be affected by a change in their routine, told Curri that a 27-month sentence would otherwise have been appropriate.
Mr Robinson was being held by another bouncer, Matthew Foy, who was in the process of ejecting him, when Curri attacked him and Foy then too joined in the attack. But the judge said that because he was not jailing Curri it was not appropriate to send Foy to jail either.
Curri, 37, of Acorn Street, Newton-le-Willows, was convicted of grievous bodily harm and Foy, 24, of Pilling Lane, Chorley, of assault by beating after a trial.
Judge Harris gave Curri an 18-month-old community order and ordered him to carry out 300 hours’ unpaid work.
He also imposed a six-month electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am, and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. He sentenced Foy to 12 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work. Both men were placed under supervision for 12 months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that on April 2 last year 23-year-old Mr Robinson was in the Indiependence night club in King Street West when the incident occurred.
Judge Harris said that Mr Robinson had been clearly drunk and had used offensive language which was “an irritant and nuisance” to Curri.
“But there was no need whatsoever even in those circumstances for you to use even the slightest degree of force against him,” he said.