Off-duty bouncer admits beating drinker

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse. - Credit: Archant

AN OFF-DUTY bouncer, who trains door staff how to deal with night-time violence, beat up a reveller at a Weston bar, a court heard this week.

Matthew Hayes, aged 30, punched Ian Hudson during a brawl at the London Inn.

The attack occurred on February 22 after door staff evicted a group from the bar in Weston High Street.

Hayes pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating and was sentenced at North Somerset Courthouse last Monday.

Hayes, who lives in Uphill, said: “I’m ashamed of the altercation I got involved in.

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“They got ejected for starting a fight in the venue. A female attacked me by the throat and I moved her out the way.

“He (Mr Hudson) then attacked me and I think hit me twice in the face.

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“I picked up a metal post and realised that I was being stupid and put it down.”

A melee ensued during which Hayes punched Mr Hudson and people jumped on the victim outside the bar.

The court was told Mr Hudson received cuts to his face, head and shoulder during the incident. Mr Hudson also required a referral to a shoulder specialist because he later suffered restricted movement and was in constant pain.

Magistrates accepted Hayes’ claim that the injuries suffered by Mr Hudson were not solely caused by him.

Hayes said his actions had done nothing to help his career and said he was sorry.

He added: “I did hit him. If I was working I wouldn’t have done it, but I was off-duty and I had had a few drinks.

“I teach people not to do this.

“This is definitely out of character and I should’ve controlled myself. I apologise for that.”

Hayes, of Uphill Road South, was fined £110 and ordered by magistrates to pay £85 in legal costs and a further £20 victim surcharge.

He must also give Mr Hudson £100 in compensation.

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