Doorman loses job for pushing customer down stairs
Nightclub bouncer admits assaulting drinker who fell asleep
A Moray nightclub bouncer has been barred from working in the security industry after “propelling” a customer through a doorway.
Alexander Glen was being escorted from the Kiss bar in Buckie when he was pushed down some stairs.
Police witnesses described the man “falling through the air” before hitting his head on the pavement with a “sickening thud”.
Yesterday Damian Turner, from Dufftown, was sentenced to unpaid work after admitting assaulting Mr Glen by pushing him.
Fiscal Alison Young revealed the victim suffered a suspected broken rib as well as a cut to the back of his head, which created a pool of blood.
Turner was suspended by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) following the incident, which happened on November 20 last year.
Yesterday he was struck off and it is estimated that it could take the 26-yearold up to three years to get permission to work in the industry again.
Mrs Young explained Mr Glen had fallen asleep in the nightclub and Mr Turner was escorting him out of the premises with a colleague.
She said: “The door was opened for the complainer. Witnesses said that he was not resisting or being threatening in any way.
“At that point the other member of staff has released his grip to let them pass through the single door.
“The complainer has then turned to face the accused and the accused has then pushed him on the chest, which causes him to fall backwards down the steps.”
Police immediately questioned Turner about why he had “forcibly ejected” the man.
Elgin Sheriff Court heard the doorman told officers that Mr Glen had “went to hit me”.
Defence solicitor Matthew O’Neill described the sequence of events as an “unfortunate incident”.
He said: “Mr Turner has become aware of the complainer falling asleep and has thereafter gone to remove him from the premises, in accordance with licensing requirements.
“As the complainer has turned towards him he has panicked to some extent, wondered what was going to happen next, and pushed him away.”
Turner, of Rinnes Place in Dufftown, was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting the crime. A north-east woman has been spared jail after fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefits, to which she was not entitled.
Linda Elrick was signed off work seven years ago after falling ill and started claiming employment support allowance.
However, she failed to tell the Department of Work and Pensions that her husband Gary Elrick had obtained a job, and this meant she claimed £12,5000 fraudulently.
The 62-year-old ap-
“Witnesses said he was not resisting or being threatening”
“Ask you to look at her lifetime of good behaviour”
peared in Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday to be sentenced.
Representing her, defence agent Les Green said Elrick was capable of carrying out low intensity work as punishment.
He added: “I would ask you to look at her lifetime of good behaviour before this.
“She worked all her life until seven years ago when she became afflicted by a quite serious illness.”
Sheriff Graeme Buchanan, imposing sentence, said: “You will understand, of course, that this is a serious matter and you obtained £12,500 of public money to which you were not entitled.
“The sum involved is obviously substantial, but there are sentence guidelines in existence to assist the court in imposing the appropriate sentence in particular cases.
“In your case, the amount obtained just touches on the side of a non-custodial sentence.”
Elrick, whose address was given as Jesmond Avenue in Bridge of Don, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within 10 months.
SUSPENDED: Damian Turner will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and is not expected to be able to work in the security industry again for up to three years