‘Suarez’ tat­too for bit­ten door­man

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

JON MACPHER­SON

APUB door­man who was bit­ten by a rev­eller marked the in­ci­dent by tat­too­ing the words ‘ Suarez was here’ on his leg.

Nathan Walker, 24, was tack­led to the ground by two door su­per­vi­sors at The Broad­way in Ac­cring­ton when he tried to get back in to the pub af­ter be­ing thrown out.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard how dur­ing the ‘strug­gle’ on the floor one of the door­men was bit­ten on the leg by Walker who later threw a bot­tle at a wall caus­ing a shard of glass to cut the same door­man.

Roger Brown, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent the vic­tim had a tat­too placed around the bite wound with the words ‘ Suarez was here’.

The word­ing re­lates to for­mer Liver­pool player Luis Suarez who has been banned three times fol­low­ing bit­ing in­ci­dents dur­ing football matches.

Walker, of Lee Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and af­fray and given a 16-week jail term, sus­pended for 12 months and also given a six­month su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment.

Mr Brown said the in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 11pm on Novem­ber 22, 2013 at the town cen­tre pub and the de­fen­dant was de­scribed as ‘dis­play­ing tell-tale signs of ag­gres­sion, had an an­gry look, fists clenched and was get­ting very close’ to the vic­tim.

The court heard how Walker was told to leave the pub by the door­men be­cause it was thought he had “had too much to drink” and later got into an ar­gu­ment and a ‘strug­gle’ on the floor with the door­men af­ter try­ing to re-en­ter the premises.

Walker then threw a bot­tle at the pub wall caus­ing it to shat­ter and the door­man to be hit with a shard of glass which caused a ‘ se­vere cut’. Re­fer­ring to the bite in­jury, Mr Brown told the court: “The door­man has ac­tu­ally had tat­tooed around it ‘Suarez was here’ so you may think that it wasn’t con­sid­ered to be that se­ri­ous or in­deed that painful.

“It doesn’t ap­pear the bot­tle was ac­tu­ally thrown at some­body but at the wall. When po­lice ar­rested him he was very un­co­op­er­a­tive, if not ob­struc­tive.”

Mark Stu­art, de­fend­ing, said Walker has re­sponded well to pro­ba­tion su­per­vi­sion and that ‘he’s not par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent on his record as a whole’.

Judge Bev­er­ley Lunt said it was an ‘un­usual of­fence of vi­o­lence’ but it was ‘nasty nonethe­less’. She said: “For­tu­nately for ev­ery­body con­cerned it was only mi­nor in­juries.”

THE vic­tim of Nathan Walker’s bite said he be­lieves his at­tacker should have been jailed.

The pub door­man at The Broad­way in Ac­cring­ton, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said he has been left with a per­ma­nent scar.

He told the Ob­server that af­ter the in­ci­dent he needed to have health tests which put a strain on his re­la­tion­ship with his part­ner. He said: “I’m ac­tu­ally scarred and it looks like a per­ma­nent bruise. I had the Suarez tat­too put on, even though I’m not a Liver­pool fan, as shortly af­ter that he was done for bit­ing.

“I wanted to try and draw at­ten­tion away from the ac­tual bite mark so I had some­thing put round it so peo­ple will mainly fo­cus on the tat­too.”

The door­man said the af­ter­math of the in­ci­dent was ‘very wor­ry­ing’ and is an­gry that he was in­jured do­ing his job.

He said: “We are there to pro­tect the public and not cause trou­ble.

“The sen­tence he got is not good. It’s a waste of time.”

Nathan James Walker pleaded guilty to ABH and af­fray at Burn­ley Crown Court, and, inset, the door­man’s tat­too

A Ki­oti Trac­tor was one of the stolen items

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