Robbie tribute singer in court over Butlins attack

Tony Lewis as Robbie Williams
Tony Lewis as Robbie Williams

A ROBBIE Williams tribute from Wigan proved he was no Angel when he attacked a Butlins Redcoat.

Tony Lewis, 35, of Bolton Road, Atherton, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Jack Andrews when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Tony Lewis performing

Tony Lewis performing

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Andrews was a Butlin’s redcoat and was a dancer and DJ at the resort at Skegness.

He said that on October 31 last year, he introduced Lewis, a Robbie Williams tribute act, to the holidaymakers at the site.

Mr Clare said that later, Mr Andrews went off duty and went to Skegness for a few drinks and ended up going to McDonald’s, in Grand Parade, Skegness, for something to eat.

He said that Mr Andrews went to speak to two girls he knew in the queue for food.

He said that he saw Lewis, who was also in the queue, and nodded towards him and called him ‘Robbie’ but one of the girls later told police that she heard Lewis say he was going ‘to deck’ Mr Andrews.

When Lewis went up to him, Mr Andrews bent his head towards him to hear what he was saying, but Lewis caught him round the neck and forced him to the ground, breaking his ankle.

Mr Andrews had been heard to say he was not going to fight Lewis as it was ‘not worth my job’.

Mr Clare said Andrews was out of work for five weeks and now had screws and plates in his ankle, which he will have for the rest of his life and which have made driving more difficult as well as affecting his ability to carry out some dance routines.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said that Lewis was “deeply ashamed and extremely remorseful.”

He said it had not been a sustained attack and Lewis had misread the situation, thinking Mr Andrews had jumped the queue.

Lewis was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also ordered to pay £3,500 compensation to Mr Andrews, as well as £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Lewis, a former Bedford High School pupil, has been an entertainer for 15 years, earning around £30,000 a year. He tours the country with his act, with holiday resort Blackpool one of his many frequent haunts.

He has appeared on BBC One talent show The One and Only in 2008 and was also a finalist in a Channel 4 contest to find the country’s best Robbie Williams tribute act.