Man attacked in nightclub

JAIL could be looming for a drunk who struck a man on the head with a bottle in a Ripley club.

Victim Eric Gregory was enjoying a night out with his partner, relatives and friends in Ice club, Nottingham Road, when the attack took place.

A court heard that Mr Gregory took offence after hearing Patrick Johnson, 35, make a sexual remark about his partner.

He told Johnson: “That’s my missus –calm it down”, but Johnson replied with abuse and grabbed Mr Gregory’s neck.

“He was carrying a bottle and he hit me to the side of my head,” Mr Gregory told police. The victim received hospital treatment following the assault.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that Johnson was arrested and claimed he had retaliated after being struck first, on the head.

He said he could not remember whether he was holding a bottle but this was confirmed by CCTV film, said Ms Mahon.

Johnson, of Southwark, London, admitted the August 6 assault.

The Bench decided their sentencing powers were insufficient in this case and committed him to be dealt with by a judge at Derby Crown Court on October 14.

“I’m totally sorry about what I’ve done. I was not in the right frame of mind. It was a drunken thing,” he told the court.