Pub bouncer jailed after beating customer

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A PUB bouncer who punched and kicked a drunken customer has been jailed for a year.

Darren Wilkinson attacked Kevin Blades when he tried to get back into the Red Lion in Peterlee after being told to leave, Durham Crown Court heard.

Two men who were minding the door with Wilkinson were convicted of affray after admitting pushing Mr Blades, 22, down a flight of concrete steps.

David Wilkinson, prosecuting , said: “It appears the victim in this case returned to the pub on more than one occasion, and he was assaulted on more than one occasion.

“From viewing CCTV footage, it has been possible to determine that Darren Wilkinson punched the victim and stamped on him.

“It is accepted the other two men on the door that night played a lesser role.”

Wilkinson, 40, of Bruce Glazier Terrace, Shotton Colliery, Edward Ashman, 31, of Bruce Place, Peterlee, and Wayne Robson, 24, of Beaumont Place, Peterlee, all admitted affray on March 25, last year.

Wilkinson has previous convictions for violence, and since the offence at the pub has served 10 months in prison for assaulting his partner, the court heard.

Paul Abrahams, defending, said: “Mr Wilkinson accepts his conduct that night fell short of what was required.

“He has taken responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.”

Judge Christopher Prince jailed Wilkinson for 12 months.

Robson was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to observe a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months.

Ashman was given a 12-month community order and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

The judge told Wilkinson: “Mr Blades was clearly drunk and may well have been being a nuisance.

“But that drunkenness also made him vulnerable, and you were in a position in which you were obliged to act responsibly.

“Yet you punched him to the ground and aimed a kick at his head.

“Anyone who does that must understand they will go to prison.”

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