Doorman spared jail for pub attack

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A DOORMAN who threw a man out of a pub onto the pavement has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Durham Crown Court heard the customer suffered a fractured skull when his head hit the ground, outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Easington Village.

The court was shown CCTV footage from the pub, which showed doorman Neil Boyd dragging the man along a corridor before throwing him to the ground outside.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said: “The man had previously been ejected from the pub, but returned to retrieve his jacket.

“He did this by climbing into the pub’s beer garden.

“He accepts he had drunk seven or eight pints that day.”

Boyd, 37, of Townsend Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding on January 13, last year.

Also in the dock was fellow doorman Anthony MacDonald, 23, of Ardrossan Road, Farringdon, Sunderland. He admitted common assault on the same day.

The court heard McDonald went to the aid of his colleague, but his involvement was limited to grabbing the man around the neck.

Recorder Andrew Campbell sentenced Boyd to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

MacDonald was fined £400, and ordered to pay £150 towards prosecution costs.

The recorder said: “Doormen have a responsibility to keep members of the public safe, but they also have a responsibility to those who they deal with.”