A club doorman has been given a community sentence after he floored a customer with a punch.
Leeds Crown Court heard Guy Adrian Nutchey was employed at Five Bar in Cross Church Street when two people were removed from the premises on the evening of February 14 last year.
Mehran Nassiri prosecuting said a witness saw him punch one of the men, Christopher Green, outside in the eye causing him to fall to the floor and lose consciousness for around 30 seconds.
Meanwhile Nutchey was then seen to push the other man, Daniel Donaghey in the chest resulting in him stumbling back on losing his balance although he was not injured.
Police and ambulance were called and Mr Green was found to have a black eye as a result of the blow but he refused to make any complaint against the doorman.
Mr Nassiri said Mr Donaghey did make a statement but later refused to attend an identification parade however Nutchey was identified as the person responsible by the witness.
Jeremy Barton representing Nutchey said he accepted he had acted unlawfully under provocation. “Doormen must be used to being provoked on many occasions but on this occasion he lost his self control.”
Violence was out of character for him but it meant he could no longer work as a doorman. He now had a job as a fork lift truck driver. “He is remorseful and regrets his loss of control.”
Nutchey, 37, then of Huddersfield now living in Wakefield, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to Mr Green and common assault to Mr Donaghey.
He was given a 12-month community order with 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Green, £100 to Mr Donaghey and £800 prosecution costs.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told him: “I am prepared to accept that generally you are a perfectly hard-working, decent man.
“Doormen, as you know, are there to protect those who attend premises where they are working notwithstanding the provocation there undoubtedly was, you went way too far in doing what you did punching Mr Green in the eye and then pushing Mr Donaghey, fortunately causing him no injury. I very much hope that courts will not see you again.”