Headbutt on club doorman lands Mansfield man in court

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A furniture factory worker who headbutted a nightclub doorman has escaped an immediate jail sentence.

Daniel Lee Lomas, of Newark Close, Mansfield, attacked worker Billy Gray at the Rewind club on Clumber Street.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how 20-year-old Lomas had been involved in a ‘heated’ argument with a female in the smoking area of the club, when Mr Gray tried to intervene and take the young man outside to calm him down.

Lomas insisted he finish his drink and became abusive. Mr Gray took the decision to eject him from the premises, but was headbutted and knocked to the floor where he felt that he was hit several more times.

After his arrest, Lomas initially denied the attack, but accepted after he was shown CCTV footage and said he was heavily in drink.

Defending, Deborah Bell, said: “He does admit that he did commit the offence and says it’s not something that would have happened if he had not been under the influence.”

However, she also said that Lomas had needed hospital treatment because of a severe black eye, bruising to his face and scratches.

It was claimed that the doorman had taken Lomas around the corner of the club and attacked him.

He reported it to police but Miss Bell said that because the alleged assault was away from CCTV cameras, the case was dropped.

Lomas, was given an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, a three-month curfew order, and made to pay £85 costs, an £80 surcharge and £150 compensation to Mr Gray.