Brentwood Weekly News
after headbutting bouncer
A thug has been given
an electronic tag after he headbutted a bouncer.
Liam Harris was being
thrown out of Eclipse nightclub, in Brentwood, when he lashed
out at the doorman.
The victim, Matthew
Cullen, had to be taken to Basildon Hospital following the
prosecuting at Basildon Crown Court, said: “Mr Cullen was given
six or seven stitches to his wound and suffered bruising of both
Harris, 31, of Clayton
Road, Romford, was charged with actual bodily harm.
He initially planned to
argue self defence but his legal team told him his actions had
gone too far. He admitted the offence on the day the trial was
due to start.
In mitigation, David
Phillips, said his client had not been in trouble with the
bouncers at all on the night of November 29, 2009.
However, as he was
waiting for his girlfriend to get her coat, a man became
aggressive towards him.
The bouncer spotted the
argument and responded by grabbing Harris and removing him from
the club, when he retaliated.
Mr Phillips said:
“There was never any intention when he went to the club, or as
he was leaving the club, to cause any trouble.”
The court heard Harris
had also suffered injuries in the fracas caused by people
supporting the victim. He was off work for a week.
Judge Jonathan Black
said: “You went over the top when you used force that was far
beyond that which was necessary in the circumstances.
“The victim in this
case is the nightclub doorman, someone who works with the
public, often in very difficult circumstances.”
Harris was given a
four-month jail term, suspended for a year, a curfew from 8pm to
6am monitored by an electronic tag for the next three months,
and told to pay £500 costs.