In court after fight with doormen

A BOOZER appeared in court after becoming involved in a fight with bouncers at the back of a pub.

David Jenkins, 19, was seen by CCTV cameras at the back of Loons, in Lucan Street, Hartlepool, having a row with door staff.

Officers from nearby Hartlepool Police Station went over to calm the situation and found Jenkins agitated and being abusive.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “When officers got to Lucan Street they could hear the defendant swearing and shouting to the door staff ‘come on I’ll have you now’ and he had his fists clenched and his chest sticking out.

“He continued being abusive and he was arrested.”

Unemployed Jenkins, of Pine Grove, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on May 21.

The court heard how he also has a similar previous conviction from July last year, for which he was given a six-month conditional discharge.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood told magistrates: “He is sorry for what’s happened and is certainly sorry that he has to trouble you this morning.

“He was trying to get into Loons when a member of the door staff was extremely unpleasant to him and says ‘come round the back and we’ll sort this out one on one’.

“Mr Jenkins responded rather than walking away.

“He then described how four police officers jumped on top of him.”

He added: “What he should have done was just walk away.

“But he accepts he was agitated and he wasn’t happy with the way he was being treated. It was pathetic and there was no need for it.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Keith Fisher fined Jenkins, £30, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He said: “You can afford to get drunk so we think fining you for this offence is applicable at this time. Was it worthwhile?”