Bouncers attacked drinkers outside Sunderland bar

Brogans/Privilege, Crowtree Road, Sunderland

Brogans/Privilege, Crowtree Road, Sunderland

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THREE bouncers attacked a group of drinkers after a confrontation turned to violence.

Two men were injured during the assault as they tried to get into Brogans bar in Sunderland city centre.

The victims were among a group of men who had been out drinking when they tried to enter the Crowtree Road pub, which has since closed, before getting stopped by the doormen.

An argument followed, leading to Craig Bulmer, 27, Christopher Hutchinson, 29, and Shaun Jackson, 43, assaulting two of the men.

This week, the trio appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where they were sentenced for what Judge Simon Hickey QC called “depressing behaviour we are seeing time and time again”.

The attack happened on Saturday, October 6, last year.

Caught on CCTV, Bulmer can be seen punching his victim to the ground while Shaun Jackson, who has worked as a doorman for 27 years, is spotted throwing a single punch to another man.

One victim suffered a fractured nose while the other was left struggling to eat due to bruising to his jaw.

Jackson, of Thornley Court, Thornhill Park, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Judge Hickey QC told him: “Yours was the most serious of the offences. What I see here is another piece of late-night violence. It’s rather depressing behaviour that we are seeing time and time again. The courts are becoming increasingly tired of this, and if this had been any more serious, you would be facing a custodial sentence.

“What makes things worse it that you all held a position of responsibility.”

Jackson was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work, as well as paying his victim £250 compensation.

Bulmer, of The Briars, Hylton Castle, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to common assault. The court was told he is no longer working in the security industry. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £50 compensation.

Hutchinson, of Akeldmews, Roker, Sunderland, also pleaded guilty to common assault and was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £380 costs.