Brothers fight with doormen

TWO brothers have appeared in court after being involved in a fight with a pub bouncer.

Dad-of-two Peter Thomas Sharpe, 26, and Dean Sharpe, 22, had been out drinking in Hartlepool town centre when the row broke out with the doorman who was working at Loons, in Victoria Road.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that one of Peter Sharpe’s friends was refused entry to the bar and he believed this was “out of order”.

He was approached by bouncers outside the pub before punching one of them twice to the face.

Dean Sharpe stepped in as “peacemaker”, trying to hold his brother back to stop the attack. But when police were called he began shouting and swearing, resulting in him being arrested as well as his older brother.

Prosecutor Joanne Hesse told justices: “The incident was captured on CCTV and was witnessed by other door staff, however, neither the complainant nor the witnesses wished to provide statements to that.

“The defendant was identified through CCTV and was arrested and interviewed. He said he had been consuming alcohol from 9pm the previous evening.

“One of the door staff would not allow one of his associates into Loons and he thought this was out of order.

“He said another bouncer grabbed his jumper and he couldn’t remember what happened next. He said he may have acted in self-defence.

“He was shown CCTV footage of the incident and he said he was disgusted by his actions.”

The court heard Peter Sharpe’s last conviction was in February last year for drink driving and before that, an unrelated matter from nine years ago.

He pleaded guilty to causing fear of unlawful violence on January 3.

Mrs Hesse told the magistrates that Dean Sharpe “tried to prevent the assault by holding his brother back”.

She added: “However, after bouncers had flagged down police, he started shouting and swearing in the street and was seen to be drunk.

“He was arrested and he accepted he was initially peacemaker in the incident and thereafter swore at a member of the door staff in respect of the fight they had had with his brother.”

Unemployed Dean Sharpe, who served a period of imprisonment in July last year for production of cannabis, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on the same day.

Solicitor Stuart Haywood, mitigating on behalf of the pair, said there was a “degree of provocation” in Peter Sharpe’s case and he acted “impulsively”.

He said: “It was an impulsive action and not something pre-planned in any way shape or form.”

For Dean Sharpe he added: “His actions were quite honourable, but his arrest was down to the language he used while in public. It’s unfortunate he did so because if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t be here today.”

Peter Sharpe, of Johnson Street, Hartlepool, who claims incapacity benefit due to suffering with depression, was fined £65, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge by chairman of the bench John Jenkins.

Dean Sharpe, of Whitfield Drive, Hartlepool, was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £30 costs.