Pub doorman dodges jail after fracturing customer’s skull

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A DOORMAN who threw a man out of a pub onto the pavement has been given a suspended sentence.

Durham Crown Court heard the customer suffered a fractured skull when his head hit the ground outside the Shoulder of Mutton, in Easington Village.

The court was shown CCTV footage from the pub which showed doorman Neil Boyd dragging the man along a corridor before throwing him to the ground outside.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said: “The man had previously been ejected from the pub but returned to retrieve his jacket.

“He did this by climbing into the pub’s beer garden.

“He accepts he had drunk seven or eight pints that day.”

Boyd, 37, of Townsend Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding on January 13 last year.

Also in the dock was fellow doorman Anthony MacDonald, 23, of Ardrossan Road, Farringdon, Sunderland.

He admitted common assault on the same day.

The court heard McDonald went to the aid of his colleague, but his involvement was limited to grabbing the man around the neck.

Chris Morrison, for Boyd, said his client was a hardworking family man who would be punished by the loss of his doorman’s licence.

Stephen Constantine, for MacDonald, said his client no longer worked as a doorman and had a job at Nissan.

Recorder Andrew Campbell sentenced Boyd to 12 months 
in prison, suspended for 12 months.

MacDonald was fined £400, and ordered to pay £150 towards prosecution costs.

The recorder said: “Doormen have a responsibility to keep members of the public safe, but they also have a responsibility to those who they deal with.

“It may be you had cause to eject this man, but at the very least you were heavy-handed in doing so.”