Warsop soldier bust up with nightclub bouncer

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A 21-year-old soldier punched a bouncer on a boozy night after being thrown out of a popular Mansfield nightclub.

Liam James Pickering, of Robin Hood Avenue, Warsop, assaulted the bouncer on the 7th February and told him he would ‘knock his teeth out’ after being thrown out of Illusion night club, on Clumber Street.

Pickering, who has served for the British Army since September 2009 - and been on tours in Afghanistan and Canada - appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ court charged with assault.

Prosecting, Ruth Snodin, said he had been ejected from the club and became verbally abusive.

“When Pickering was ejected he was verbally abusive and shouted to the bouncer, “I’m going to knock your teeth out.”

“He punched the man in the mouth which caused injuries to his bottom lip and eye.”

He was later arrested and taken into custody.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court Pickering pleaded guilty to the charge.

Pickering told police he could not remember the punch. He was shown CCTV footage of the assault and agreed it was him.

Ms Snodin added: “One punch can kill someone, so it is less serious than it could have been.”

She said he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Treve Lander, in mitigation, said the soldier had drank a lot of alcohol that evening.

“The offence was not planned. There were no weapons used,” he added.

He told magistrates he was based in Catterick but came home at weekends.

Mr Lander said he would face repercussions withing the British Army for his actions - and depending on sentence, could be discharged.

Magistrates fined Pickering £130 and ordered to pay £85 costs, £20 victim surcharge and £60 compensation.