Doorman cleared of club attack

A man who had been in Flamingo on Queen Street, Blackpool, was found with a fractured jaw.
A man who had been in Flamingo on Queen Street, Blackpool, was found with a fractured jaw.

A doorman has been cleared of attacking a drunken soldier in a Blackpool nightclub.

Stephen Read told a jury he had not delivered a punch which caused a double jaw fracture to a man outside Flamingo, on Queen Street.

Though off duty at the time, he had gone over to help another security worker who had seemed to be “making a hash” of helping the drunken serviceman outside.

A jury took just 24 minutes to clear him of a wounding charge, at the end of a two day Preston Crown Court trial.

The 28-year-old, of Manchester Road, Southport, had denied a charge of grievous bodily harm on April 10 last year.

In his evidence, he said he had been a qualified doorman for nine years.

Speaking of the incident that night, he said: “I was only trying to help.

“The man looked as though he was saying something like ‘Get off me, leave me alone’ to a member of security staff at Flamingo. The other doorman was making a hash of things, holding him by one hand and not looking competent.”

He took the man in a wrist or elbow lock. He insisted he had not punched him.

The prosecution had alleged he had carried out an unprovoked and deliberate assault upon the soldier.

The other doorman had claimed that out of the blue the defendant had punched the man to the jaw – at which point he had heard a cracking sound.

The court heard the man was being helped outside at the time, having been found falling over in the toilets at Flamingo.

When later asked if the defendant had been the one who punched him, the man said “no” at the scene.

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