Venue nightclub doorman assaulted by drunk and abusive Adam Collyer in Barnstaple
A drunk man who pushed into a queue has been ordered to pay compensation to the nightclub doorman he assaulted.
Adam Collyer pushed through a barrier and lashed out after being told he would not be allowed into the party at the Venue club in Barnstaple.
He landed a painful blow on head bouncer Gerald Eva, who was left with soreness behind his ear, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Painter and decorator Collyer, 23, admitted assault by beating and was fined £400 with £100 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.
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The Judge decided not to activate an earlier six week suspended sentence but reimposed it to run for a further year.
He told Collyer the only reason he was not going to jail was because he was working and in a position to pay a financial penalty.
He said: "You have a bad record for violence and carried out this offence when you were subject of a suspended sentence and should have kept yourself out of trouble. You were refused entry by the doorman because you were drunk and abusive. He was fully entitled to do that but you assaulted him and injured his face."
Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said the attack happened in the queue to get into the Venue Club at 10.30 pm on Friday December 21. Mr Eva runs the firm which provided door staff who had set up barriers to organise the queue.
He went to investigate when he saw one pushed over and recognised Collyer, who he barred because he was drunk. His response was to swear at the victim and hit him shortly afterwards.
Miss Eagles said Mr Eva believed he had been punched and had a painful mark on the side of his head but no other injury and he did not need treatment.
Nigel Wraith, for the defence, said Collyer earns £1,100 and was able to pay a fine or compensation by instalments.
He said: "There was clearly bad blood between the two men. A barrier was knocked over and Mr Eva told my client to leave. He felt he was being picked on. It was the Friday before Christmas and he had drunk more than he should have done. He struck out with what he says was a push."