'Drunken' Saltney man fined for assault on bar doorman

Published date: 17 March 2014 |
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A MAN who attacked a doorman in a Chester bar was acting “completely out of character,” a court heard.

George Randles, 21, of Beachwood Road, Saltney, assaulted Russell Mason at the Phoenix Bar in Chester in the early hours of February 23 after being refused service “due to his drunken state” and then refusing to leave.

He appeared at Cheshire West Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

The court heard that Mr Mason gave the group Randles was with five minutes to finish their drinks and get out.

He was then forced to take away Randles’ drink and ask him to leave.
Rob Youds, prosecuting, said: “Mr Randles rugby tackled Mr Mason onto a sofa where he punched him in the ribs and attempted to bite his leg.

“He then grabbed him and ripped his jacket.

Mr Youds said he then left the bar and two minutes later returned shouting abusive language and making threats, saying: “I’ll get you”.

Steve Cooper, defending, said this was completely out of character.

“This is just a young man who drank too much. Alcohol is the route of all this.”

He added Randles recalled little of the incident and he had been at a party drinking before going into town with friends that night. He denied attempting to punch Mr Mason or bite him.

Mr Cooper added: “Mr Randles has never been in trouble with the police or courts before.

“It seems to me that he over-reacted when the doorman tried to take his drink off him.

“He is full time employment working in a supermarket – this was completely out of character.”

The court heard despite there being no visible injuries, Mr Mason had suffered with pain to the left side of his neck since the attack.

Lead magistrate Andrew Merrill said: “This was an attack on someone who was there for your own safety and we take a dim view of such violence.”

Mr Randles received a £200 fine, £85 in court costs, a £20 victim surcharge and also ordered to pay £120 for the damage caused to Mr Mason’s coat.

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