Bouncer ‘abused power’ in attack

Nechole Sherer, 28, was knocked out and suffered cuts and bruises after being knocked to the ground by a doorman outside Ma Kelly's, Blackpool
Nechole Sherer, 28, was knocked out and suffered cuts and bruises after being knocked to the ground by a doorman outside Ma Kelly's, Blackpool
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A bouncer “abused his power” when he knocked a young mother unconscious and left her so badly bruised medics struggled to assess her injuries.

Thomas Bromley’s behaviour was described as “disgraceful and completely unacceptable” after he knocked the woman to the ground outside his workplace, Ma Kelly’s, on Dickson Road, Blackpool.

Bromley, 33, of Langdale Road, Mereside, denied assault but was found guilty of the offence after a trial.

His victim Nechole Sherer, 28, today welcomed the verdict after a “difficult” trial.

The mother-of-one, who had only moved to Blackpool weeks before the attack, said: “I’m happy with the guilty verdict, it was the right verdict.”

Ms Sherer was left with cuts to her lips, cheeks and the bridge of her nose as well as on her arms, hands and legs and serious swelling around her mouth.

She added: “Doctors couldn’t even lift my lip up enough to see inside my mouth because it was so swollen.”

Bromley was sentenced to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay compensation of £200 to his victim plus £620 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge.

He was also made the subject of a 12-month restraining order, which banned him from contacting the victim, by Blackpool magistrates. And he will likely lose his job, the court heard.

Presiding magistrate David Jesson told Bromley: “You abused your power.”

Ms Sherer’s mum Sue Ward, 49, added: “Nothing happened that night for him to act the way he did, he didn’t have to use that force or cause that damage, there was no need for it.

“What he did was excessive for his job. We’re relieved with the guilty verdict.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said on October 14 about midnight the victim left the venue, Ma Kelly’s, to have a cigarette.

When she went to go back in the doormen refused her entry and she said she had no idea why.

She wanted to let her friend inside know what was happening, but suddenly found her self being pushed and spinning round.

CCTV shown to the magistrates saw Bromley propelling the victim backwards and her falling to the ground.

David Charnley, defending, said that as his client guided her away, she slapped him.

He was provoked and took her by the forearms and propelled her back four or five steps and she fell to the ground.