A reveller who attacked two men in a Chesterfield nightspot has narrowly escaped being locked up.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 13, how businessman Andrew Williams, 31, had been out celebrating a deal with a customer in the Moo Bar, on Corporation Street, Chesterfield, when he head-butted one man and elbowed another.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “One man was head-butted and left with blood coming from his nose and he needed to go hospital. The other was hurt so badly he had to have pain killers the next day.”
Williams admitted to police that had been drunk in the bar and said if he had head-butted anyone it would have been in self defence.
After watching CCTV footage of the attacks, he told police he had felt threatened because he had once been assaulted from behind and left with his throat cut.
Williams, of Sweet Water Park, Trefechan, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, pleaded guilty to the two assaults which happened in August.
Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said: “Mr Williams had been out with a customer. He said he was doing daft dancing to make the customer laugh. The first complainant was attacked when he walked past a couple of times and Mr Williams panicked and the second male he was violent towards had a glass with him and he perceived a threat of violence.”
Ms Sergeant said Williams was mortified by what he had done and she explained Williams had once been glassed and it had been touch-and-go whether he would survive.
District Judge Andrew Davison gave Williams an 18 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months with 120 hours’ unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.