Judge tells drunk - ‘You’re a thug’

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A DRUNK who punched a Wigan club doorman in the face was described by a judge as “a violent thug.”

Dean Roby’s victim only suffered minor cuts by his mouth but Roby ended up in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court because he was subjected to a suspended prison sentence at the time for fracturing another man’s jaw.

Recorder Anthony Cross, QC, warned Roby, “You are a big lad ….. sooner or later you will hit someone who will go to the deck, bang his head and die.”

He said he was imposing another suspended sentence because if he jailed him it would mean his release in just a few months but added, “I am not letting you off.”

He sentenced him to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, imposed a three month curfew between 8 m and 6am and ordered him to carry out 40 hours’ unpaid work.

The 38-year-old was also placed under supervision for 12 months with attendance on an alcohol treatment programme and ordered to pay his victim £200 compensation with a month.

Roby, of Kirklees Street, New Springs, had pleaded guilty to assault by beating and being in breach of the suspended sentence.

Paul Becker, prosecuting, said that on October 13 John Brady, a door supervisor at Jumping Jacks in King Street refused to let Roby in as he was drunk and swearing and he was aware of him through the town’s pub watch scheme.

About 1am the next morning Mr Brady heard that a man was causing problems outside the nearby Reflex night club and when he arrived at the scene to assist he saw it was Roby.

He was told that Roby was causing a nuisance and Mr Brady told him to leave the area. “The defendant threatened to ‘sort him out’ and Mr Brady turned to speak to someone else and he was punched to the left side of mouth by the defendant which knocked him into a wall.”

Mr Brady then grabbed Roby in a bear hug and detained him until the police arrived to arrest him. When interviewed Roby said that he had been heavily intoxicated having drunk ten pints and had little recollection.

Ben Jones, defending, said that Roby works in the structural engineering business, and had had periods of being offence free.