Boozed-up reveller attacked doorman after being turned away from pub

Pictured is the Victoria pub, on Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield.
Pictured is the Victoria pub, on Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield.

A booze-fuelled man who drank to excess after hearing his mother had been diagnosed with a serious illness has apologised for going on to attack a doorman outside a Chesterfield pub.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, March 21, how Liam James Chadwick-Anderson, 27, of Cordwell Avenue, Newbold, Chesterfield, launched the attack on the doorman outside the Victoria pub, on Knifesmithgate.

Prosecuting solicitor Rod Chapman said: “Police were alerted to the fact a man had to be detained by security staff about 8.25pm, on March 4.

“The complainant said Chadwick-Anderson had been refused entry because he appeared to be drunk and that is borne out by the body language of the defendant.

“Chadwick-Anderson became aggressive and lunged at the complainant with a clenched fist contacting with his left cheek bone.”

Mr Chapman added that the complainant’s work colleagues attempted to remove Chadwick-Anderson but he kept hold of the complainant and they were dragged to the ground where the doorman banged his head.

The complainant stated that he suffered a cut and graze to his left eyebrow, a swelling to his left cheek bone, a graze to the left side of his chin and a burst lip and he claimed two of his teeth had been broken.

The complainant also claimed that he has lost wages as a result of the injuries and the incident has affected him emotionally.

Chadwick-Anderson, who has 14 recorded appearances in court with 29 individual offences, pleaded guilty to assault by beating after the attack.

But he disputed that he had broken the complainant’s teeth and argued that the complainant had suffered injuries when they both fell to the ground as the defendant was grabbed and taken to the ground by the complainant’s colleagues.

Defence solicitor Steve Brint said Chadwick-Anderson had been a reformed character since the birth of his child and his previous convictions dated back to 2009 but he had received bad news that his mother is seriously ill.

Mr Brint added: “He accepts his behaviour was despicable and the incident involving the complainant was unfortunate and he accepts it should never have happened and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates sentenced Chadwick-Anderson to 16 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation, a £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.