Drinker attacked peacemaker after door staff denied him entry to a club

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A REVELLER punched a would-be peacemaker after being refused entry to a club.

Brody Ruddy erupted when door staff would not let him in to The Point, on March 16.

Prosecutor John McGlone told Sunderland magistrates that Ruddy, of Havelock Road, Ford Estate, argued then struck another drinker.

He said: “Another male approached, trying to calm him down.

“He punched him to the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

“He was immediately taken to the ground by door staff.

“Police were called and he was searched in custody, where a grinder and cannabis were found in his pocket.”

During interview, the 24-year-old denied thrown a punch, claiming he had slapped the man. He said the cannabis was for personal use and he used it as he suffered from paranoia.

Ruddy admitted using threatening behaviour and possessing a class B drug.

He was granted unconditional bail until sentencing later this month.