Door­man loses job for push­ing cus­tomer down stairs

Night­club bouncer ad­mits as­sault­ing drinker who fell asleep

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY BY CHRIS JAFFRAY

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

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