Doorman lost his job after assault

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH doorman who was sacked from his job after assaulting a pub-goer has been sentenced to community service.

Lee Adams, 26, of Overdale, Eastfield, also lost his licence to operate as a doorman and his family home as a result of the events in the Waterhouse bar in St Thomas Street on February 27 last year, a court was told.

York Crown court heard Adams held the man so tightly around the neck that he lost consciousness before being kicked in the back while lying prone on the floor.

Bronra Hartley, prosecuting, told the court the victim had been “acting the fool” at the bar of the pub in the early hours with his friend, the boyfriend of the barmaid.

Adams, believing there was trouble, went in, grabbed him around he neck and began dragging him away.

Miss Hartley said that the neck hold resulted in the man passing out and, after getting him outside the pub, Adams delivered the kick, the incident being caught on CCTV.

Adams appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard that the offence was committed while Adams was subject to a conditional discharge for an assault on a neighbour.

Mitigating, Paul Reid said that his client had been a doorman in the Scarborough area for eight years without problem with his work before this incident.

He said that Adams had suffered enough as a result of the assault with the loss of job and licence, which had led to him being unemployed and having to move from the former mortgaged family home into rented property.

Mr Reid said his client recognised that he had gone too far in his dealings with the victim, although he insisted that the kick was more a nudge in an attempt to wake the unconscious man.

Adams was placed on a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work in the community.