Teen punched passer-by after doorstaff tussle

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A drunken teenager who punched a woman passerby in the eye has been ordered to pay her compensation.

Ryan Scullion was struggling with doorstaff at The Galleon in Blackpool town centre when he told the woman “don’t get involved” and hit her in the face.

Scullion, 18, of Alexandra Road, South Shore, who is doing an apprenticeship in retail training at Blackpool and the Fylde College, pleaded guilty to assault.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, told to do 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £100 compensation with a £150 court charge plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said doorstaff at The Galleon, on Queen Street, refused to let Scullion go back into the venue on September 12 at around 1.25am.

He argued and started tussling with a doorman.

A woman walking back to her hotel spoke to Scullion and he hit her.

Scullion told police he had been drinking wine before he went out. He said the woman had come
close to him so he put his arm out.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had left the Galleon to have a cigarette and became annoyed when doorstaff refused to let him back in.

Scullion had had a large amount to drink that night and he had little memory of what happened.