Man in court for casino assault

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A FILEY man assaulted two members of staff at the Scarborough casino which is owned by his aunt and uncle.

Joshua Lionel Richardson, 19, of South Crescent Avenue, shouted “do you know who I am?” at Opera House Casino staff when they refused his friend entry because he did not have identification.

Richardson, who had earlier taken ecstasy and drank a bottle of vodka, then began fighting with a doorman and casino manager at the venue along with his friend, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.

Richardson pleaded guilty to two charges of assault.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “There are terms to the licence and the staff said he wouldn’t be allowed in. The defendant and his friend became more and more aggressive when they were asked to leave.

“Both men began to fight with doorstaff and a manager became involved and tried to assist. He was headbutted to the face which led to the manager having a bloody nose.”

The other member of staff then lost his footing in the struggle and fell to the floor, spraining his ankle and bruising his knee.

Following his arrest, Richardson accepted that he had headbutted the member of staff but insisted it had not been deliberate.

He described himself as an “eight or nine” on a scale of one to 10 to rate his level of intoxication.

Neither of the victims required hospital treatment.

“These people were going about their employment and didn’t deserve to be treated in this manner,” Mr Ovenden added.

Robert Vining, mitigating, said: “One thing he is adamant about is that it was not a deliberate headbutt.

“The defendant had plenty to drink and someone had given him a tablet to try and he took it. The whole thing is a blur after that.

“His aunt and uncle own the casino. When it comes to the next day he apologised profusely. He has had to eat humble pie with them and they have forgiven him.

“He was bang out of order and he knows that.”

Richardson was given a community order for one year with the conditions that he undergoes supervision, completes a think first course and does 150 hours of unpaid work.

He will also pay £100 in compensation to each of his victims and £85 costs.