Trial hears of alleged assault on doorman

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A 43-YEAR-OLD Scarborough man has gone on trial after denying an accusation that he headbutted a doorman who was trying to prevent him entering a town centre bar.

Mark Leppington, of Scalby Road, is alleged to have inflicted an injury to the doorman’s eyebrow, which later required the insertion of five stitches.

Leppington pleaded not guilty before a jury at York Crown Court to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Anthony Kelbrick, prosecuting on the first day of Leppington’s trial yesterday, said that the alleged victim and a colleague were working on the door of Klosters Wine Bar, in York Place, Scarborough, when Leppington came outside and became abusive towards them.

Leppington was told that he was not being allowed back inside the bar and then became aggressive, throwing his head back into the face of the doorman as he and his colleague tried to restrain him.

Mr Kelbrick told the jury it was the prosecution’s case that Leppington had not been acting in self-defence, or that the injury had been as a result of an accident.

He said the headbutt had been unlawful, with Leppington either deliberately hitting out or being reckless as to whether any harm was caused.

The jury were shown a CCTV recording showing some, but not all, of the incident, which took place on January 15 last year.

The trial continues.