Bouncer spared jail

Stockport Express - - Front Page - AN­DREW BARD­S­LEY

ABOUNCER at­tacked a night­club rev­eller be­cause he and his friends were leav­ing ‘too slowly’ at clos­ing time, a court heard.

Amir Naghd­lou, aged 30, of Tat­ton Close, Chea­dle, avoided jail af­ter be­ing con­victed of com­mon as­sault.

He had been ac­cused of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, but was ac­quit­ted of that charge.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that Naghd­lou was work­ing at Kiki bar on Canal Street in the Gay Vil­lage when the in­ci­dent oc­curred just be­fore clos­ing time, at about 3.50am on July 15, 2017.

Pros­e­cu­tors said there were four young men who had been drink­ing in the bar who were ‘slow in leav­ing’ and were ‘caus­ing some­thing of a nui­sance’.

The court heard that the vic­tim was fin­ish­ing his drink when he was asked to leave by the door­man.

Naghd­lou watched them for a few mo­ments un­til ‘some­thing caused him (Naghd­lou) to knock the glass he was drink­ing from out of his hand’.

He then ‘grabbed’ the man by the scruff of the neck.

The pair then be­came in­volved in a scuf­fle un­der a ta­ble in the bar.

Naghd­lou said that the man swung a plas­tic glass at him. The judge said he was pre­pared to ac­cept this even though it wasn’t cov­ered by CCTV.

As a re­sult, Naghd­lou suf­fered an ‘un­pleas­ant’ cut to his mouth, which later re­quired him to have plas­tic surgery.

“It may well have been the ef­fect of that which caused you to be­have in the way you did,” recorder Paul Reid QC said.

The fight con­tin­ued, and Naghd­lou punched him to the shoul­der ‘at least once’, and pos­si­bly more, the court heard. He also kicked the man to the shoul­der.

Sen­tenc­ing, the judge said the vic­tim was ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ be­cause he was drunk, and that the of­fence was ag­gra­vated be­cause Naghd­lou was in a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity as a door­man.

De­fend­ing, David Tay­lor said that Naghd­lou, who has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was put in a ‘head­lock’ and was try­ing to free him­self.

The bar­ris­ter said the de­fen­dant is ‘re­morse­ful’ and ac­cepts he showed ‘poor self con­trol’ He was sen­tenced to a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der, and must com­plete 150 hours of un­paid work.

The judge said that ‘in all prob­a­bil­ity’ Naghd­lou will re­turn to be­ing a bouncer in fu­ture, de­spite be­ing sus­pended from his job as a re­sult of the court pro­ceed­ings.

●●Amir Naghd­lou out­side the court

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