Boozy reveller head-butted bar worker

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A DRUNKEN reveller who head-butted a bar worker in a Chesterfield town centre pub has been ordered to pay compensation to the victim.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Ian Heath, 33, carried out the unprovoked attack on Jamie Day outside the Portland Hotel.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said a bar manager refused to serve Heath because he was drunk and he was thought to have left but he came back and Mr Day and a colleague asked him to leave again.

The court heard how Mr Day was escorting him off the premises when he was head-butted in the left eye area during the incident in October. Heath told police he had had a couple of drinks despite medical advice because he was on medication for a neck problem.

“He said he ignored that because he felt depressed after losing his grandfather,” said Mrs Griffiths.

Heath, formerly known by the surname O’Sullivan, of Sheldon Road, Holme Hall, Chesterfield, admitted assault. He has previous convictions for similar offences.

The justices ordered Heath to do 110 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a nine-month probation supervision order. He must pay £50 compensation to Mr Day and a £60 victim surcharge.

John Barber, defending, said: “On occasions when he drinks he can’t stop himself and he has no memory of what’s going on. He is working and it is his first contract of employment as he has always done agency work before. He is worried about letting his family down by losing his job.”