Doorman spared jail after attack

A HEAD doorman who threw a reveller to the floor and unleashed a volley of punches has been spared jail.

Door supervisor Darren Quinn attacked eight-stone Kyle Twydale when he tried to leave a pub after an argument with his girlfriend.

As Mr Twydale attempted to get past doorstaff, Quinn, 34, put him in a headlock and pulled him to the ground.

A policewoman on duty outside Shades, in Church Street, Hartlepool, saw Quinn drag Mr Twydale into the street and punch him numerous times to his head and body while face down on the floor.

Tamara Pawson, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “Police tried to pull him off but they were unable to do so.

“The defendant punched Mr Twydale a further six or seven times. The victim was restrained and was unable to do anything about it.”

At the time, Quinn was wearing a pair of heavy padded gloves.

The court heard they had a rough surface across the knuckles with what felt like ball bearings and weighed almost three times as much as slash-resistant gloves issued to police.

The judge said Mr Twydale was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

Quinn was sacked after the attack, on July 18 last year.

Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said: “It is with deep regret that he pleaded guilty to this offence having let himself down.

“However the incident started, there can be no justification for that which was witnessed by the police officer.”

He added Quinn, who had no previous convictions for violence, wore the gloves for protection against violent customers.

A report said the risk of him reoffending was low.

Quinn, of Throston Grange Lane, Hartlepool, admitted actual bodily harm and was made subject to a community order.

He was also ordered to pay the victim £400 compensation.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “I take the view that Kyle Twydale didn’t deserve to be assaulted in the way that you did and the fact that you have recognised that by your guilty plea at an early stage is something that goes in your favour.

“I have come to the conclusion that prison can be avoided because you are essentially a decent man and this was a lapse, but a serious lapse from otherwise good behaviour.”