Man punched victim to floor in club fracas

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A SCARBOROUGH man who assaulted his former partner and punched a man in a nightclub fracas has been sentenced .

Matthew Eyre, 24, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court after admitting two counts of assault in Vivaz, in Huntriss Row, in February.

The court previously heard Eyre, of Rockingham Drive, struck the man and then grabbed his former partner in an argument over access to his child.

Prosecuting, Kathryn Reeve said Eyre had knocked the man to the floor with the force of the punch.

She added the woman and her male friend were enjoying a night out when Eyre carried out the assaults.

Miss Reeve said he hit the man to the right of his face before turning to the woman and grabbing her by her arm.

She said the woman was pushed backwards on the stairs of the nightclub, hitting her left shoulder and back of her head.

Mitigating, Robert Vining said Eyre had been deeply upset on the day of the incident after what he believed was an unfair refusal of access to his child.

Mr Vining said: “This is a sad state of affairs because he is in some jeopardy now. He was upset and went out for a drink.

“Alcohol, as usual, was the catalyst.

“You know what happens, you can have two inert substances, put them in a test tube and shake them until the cows come home and nothing will come of it.

“But when you have a catalyst there is an explosion.

“If anything draconian happens and he loses his liberty, he loses his job.

“That means his child will be subsequently punished.

“Since that night he has realised that he lost his temper in drink.

“Drink is a dangerous weapon.

“This was a totally negative thing to do.”

Magistrates handed Eyre a 12 month community order and handed him 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also offered the opportunity to attend a supervision programme and excluded from entering Vivaz for the next six months.

Magistrates gave him a two year restraining order to stay away from the woman victim.