Nightclub thug spared jail over bouncer attack

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A MAN who repeatedly punched a Wigan nightclub doorman during an incident on a dance floor has received a suspended jail sentence.

A court heard that Steven Halsall admitted the assault but explained it had involved excessive self-defence as he thought he was being attacked.

Harry Pepper, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that the incident happened in the early hours of March 9 this year in a night club in King Street.

The door supervisor, Gareth Howlett, was called to a fight on the dance floor and found about four young men scuffling and Halsall and another man fighting.

Mr Howlett moved away the four men and intervened in the fight and he and 29-year-old Halsall exchanged punches.

Mr Howlett tried to get him in a bear hug but in the scuffle he slipped and was held down and further punched.

Other doormen intervened and Halsall was ejected.

He was seen outside and was arrested. The victim was taken to hospital were he was found to have small lacerations above and under his right eye and he has been left with a scar.

Halsall, of Croft Ford Close, Highfield, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Halsall was also ordered to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £500 compensation at the rate of £120 a week.

He pointed out that it was not his first conviction for violence and suggested that as the incident was fuelled by drink he should reflect on how much he drinks when out socialising.

Paul Treble, defending, said that Halsall’s relationship broke up as result of the offence and now only sees his nine-month-old daughter four days a week.

He is in employment and willing to pay compensation, he added.