Doorman drops appeal over assault outside pub

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A FORMER doorman withdrew his bid to quash a conviction for assault because he found a new job.

Paul Old, 44, of Ironside Street, Houghton, was convicted of common assault by Consett Magistrates after an incident outside The Bishop’s Mill pub in Walkergate, Durham City, in December, 2012.

CCTV footage showed him apparently pushing a man off his feet and throwing two punches in the scuffle that followed.

Old was fined £435 by the magistrates, and ordered to pay £300 costs and £43 victim surcharge but appealed against the conviction at Durham Crown Court.

Tony Cornberg, for Old, said his client now wished to withdraw the appeal.

Mr Cornberg added: “It was due to go ahead, but only this week Mr Old got himself a job. Obtaining employment is difficult for anyone with a criminal record.

“But he has managed to do so.

“The job is for a security company, but it is in very much a back office role.

“This offence was a long time ago, Mr Old’s life has moved on, and he now wishes to draw a line under this by withdrawing the appeal.”

Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, applied for £300 costs.

Responding to the application, Mr Cornberg said: “Mr Old understands costs of the appeal may have to be paid. He already has more than £700 to pay from the magistrates, so this will bring his bill to over £1,000.”

Judge Peter Kelson QC ordered Old to pay £300 costs at £15 a week.