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Man who punched bouncer in face ordered to pay compensation

42-year-old acted in 'heat of moment' says advocate

A Santon man who punched a bouncer in the face has been ordered to pay him compensation.

Dean Lewis Leonard, of Harbour Road, struck the member of door staff after being asked to leave a bar on 18 December last year.

He’d been at 1886 Bar and Grill, on Regent Street, when his friend became involved in an altercation – as they were being escorted from the premises Leonard started throwing punches.

He was arrested and told police he was trying to get the bouncers off his friend; the 42-year-old later pleaded guilty to common assault.

During sentencing at Douglas Courthouse the prosecutor told the court it appeared to be an ‘occupational hazard’ for door staff adding: “Nobody goes to work to be assaulted.”

Leonard’s advocate told the court his client wasn’t the ‘orchestrator of the incident’ but accepted that in the ‘heat of the moment’ things had escalated.

“He entirely accepts he was wrong to intercept as he did,” he added; “He has recognised the physical and emotional harm caused by his actions.”

Magistrates fined Leonard £750 and ordered him to pay £100 in compensation and £125 in prosecution costs.

 

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