'All you can drink' deals under fire after late night violence

NIGHTCLUBS in Weston offering 'all you can drink' promotions are harming society and causing violence, a court has been told

NIGHTCLUBS in Weston offering 'all you can drink' promotions are harming society and causing violence, a court has been told.The disturbing claims come after yet more late-night fighting led to a Weston man being convicted of assault after a night of heavy drinking.While defending the 21-year-old at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges, solicitor Paul Penney said: "Both people involved in this incident had taken advantage of a 'pay £10 drink as much as you can offer'."I thought we told nightclub owners to stop this. This is not helping our society, it is harming it."I thought we had made representations to have this stopped but it appears they are still doing it. All of the people involved here had had more to drink than is good for them."The defendant, Dale Chard, of Careys Way, Weston, was sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £350 compensation and £60 costs. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, said: "The victim in this case had been out drinking in the town centre and decided to take advantage of a '£10 all you can drink' offer at Vision nightclub."Once inside he was approached by a group of girls who were friends with a former girlfriend of his. This broke out into an argument, which his friends pulled him away from."Later that night, at Deniz's Kebab House in St James Street, he saw one of the girls again and began making derogatory comments about her."Chard witnessed this and said he was disrespecting women. He followed him and punched him in the face, knocking out one tooth and pushing another to the back of the victim's mouth."Paul Penney, defending, said: "What Chard should not have done is punch him. Some would say he deserved it. I cannot possibly comment but that is what some people would say."Afterwards he said he was out of order and apologised. He has no previous convictions and now he has one for acting the hero."The incident happened on December 15 last year.


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