Sutton man punched a clubber in the face

A SUTTON man who punched a clubber in the face and then head-butted his victim’s girlfriend has been spared jail.

Edward Johnson and Chloe Hodson were standing at the door to a smoking area at the Regal Club in Ripley when Matthew Upton walked past and pushed her out of the way and a disagreement ensued.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that a fight later broke out in the club which resulted in Mr Johnson, Ms Hodson and others being ejected.

The couple were waiting for a taxi when Upton (31) pushed Mr Johnson’s chest and punched him on the jaw before head-butting Ms Hodson on the nose with full force.

Upton, a fabricator, of Bloomer Wood View, Sutton, admitted two charges of assault. He had previously been convicted of burglary and theft.

The bench had warned he could be locked up but, after listening to a probation service report, they ordered him to do 160 hours’ work.

He must also pay £150 compensation to Ms Hodson and £100 to Mr Johnson, with £85 costs.

“It was just one blow against each complainant. At the time he was staying with a friend in Ripley following a domestic difficulty with his partner which has been resolved,” said John Kavanagh, for the father-of-three.