AN OFF-DUTY member of door staff at a Scarborough bar “fell from grace” by attacking a customer during a night out at the premises, a court was told.
Scott Merrington, 32, was seen by members of the staff at the Blue Lounge acting in an agitated manner and in a bad mood, shouting at one customer and then making completely unfounded accusations to another.
Matthew Donkin, prosecuting at York Crown Court, said the victim had called in the bar, where Merrington, of Bright Crescent, Bridlington, usually worked, for a drink after work.
Eventually he visited the toilets, Merrington being spotted following him, and was struck once, but hard, in the face.
Mr Donkin said the victim remembered feeling a blow and then nothing until he looked in a mirror and realising he had been injured.
The court heard that, as a result of the attack on February 6 this year, the man suffered short-lived changes within his right eye, but also lacerations to his face which later required stitching at hospital.
Merrington appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that as a result of the attack her client had lost his licence to operate as door staff, a job he had had for five years, and had had to return to his former trade as a welder.
She added that at the time Merrington, who suffers from depression, had been going through a difficult personal period in his relationship and, on the night of the attack, there had been a misunderstanding on his part.
Adding that there had been only the one blow, Mrs Turner said that despite initial denials, Merrington had quickly admitted his guilt.
She said this was Merrington’s first “fall from grace”
Passing sentence, Judge Colin Burn said that he noted that Merrington kept himself fit and that the blow he had delivered must have been done so with significant force to cause the serious injury it did.