Bouncer wins assault appeal to clear name

Ma Kelly's bouncer Thomas Bromley has been cleared of assault
Ma Kelly's bouncer Thomas Bromley has been cleared of assault
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A bouncer who was accused of abusing his power has been cleared of attacking a young mother and knocking her unconscious.

Thomas Bromley, 33, was originally found guilty of assaulting a woman outside Ma Kelly’s, on Talbot Road, but has now had his sentence overturned following an appeal.

Mr Bromley, of Mereside, always maintained he was innocent of assault following the alleged incident on October 14.

He was convicted at Blackpool Magistrates Court in February following a trial, during which CCTV footage of an altercation was shown.

The footage showed the woman slapped Mr Bromley but during the sentencing presiding magistrate David Jesson told the bouncer: “You have abused your power.”

She later told The Gazette she 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.

Her comments appeared in The Gazette’s coverage of the trial back in February.

However, the conviction was overturned at appeal after a judge at Preston Crown Court ruled his actions did not amount to assault.

At the hearing earlier this month, he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The woman had gone outside for a cigarette on the night in question but was refused re-entry.

In the ensuing altercation, she staggered backwards and fell to the ground.

The court allowed Mr Bromley’s appeal in light of new evidence proving his innocence and his sentence was overturned.

He had originally been ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months’ supervision and made the subject of a 12-month restraining order, which banned him from contacting the then-victim.

Financial penalties imposed upon him by the magistrates were also cancelled.

Mr Bromley declined to comment on the outcome of the hearing.