Striptease ‘fun’ sparks violence

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STRIPTEASE fun prompted by a song from The Full Monty movie ended in violence flaring in a north Derbyshire pub.

Victim Nicholas Lewis had been enjoying a drink with his family and some of her relatives in pubs in Tibshelf.

They ended the night in the King William, where a disco was taking place, magistrates at Chesterfield were told.

Jenny Fitzgerald, prosecuting, said the song You Can Keep Your Hat On was played and some men “began to take their shirts off in jest.”

One reveller’s shirt was pulled and four buttons popped off and then Mr Lewis, 38, was punched to the side of his face.

Mrs Fitzgerald said: “He felt bits of tooth in his mouth and tasted blood.

“His right eye was swollen and cut near his nose and three of his front teeth were chipped,”

“He saw Daniel Blair being held back.

“He had seen him dancing earlier but he had never seen him before that.”

Blair, 23, of Reeves Avenue, Pilsley, was arrested and made no comment during a police interview.

He admitted the January 28 assault. He had previous convictions for assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm and had been locked up in the past.

District Judge Andrew Davison said the magistrates court’s sentencing powers were insufficient in this case.

He committed Blair to Derby Crown Court, where he will be sentenced on June 22. He was bailed with conditions not to contact Mr Lewis or enter the King William.