SEAFORD: Clubber assaulted man chatting to his girlfriend

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A DRUNK clubber who punched another man after he saw him talking to his girlfriend has been ordered to pay his victim compensation.

Christopher Ford, who has been banned from the Trek nightclub where the assault took place, appeared before Lewes magistrates on Wednesday for sentencing.

The court heard how the victim had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve and arrived at the nightclub in Blatchington Road in Seaford, shortly after midnight.

About an hour later he went outside for a cigarette where he was approached by Christopher Ford’s girlfriend and began chatting to her.

Prosecutor Kate Heffernan said Ford came over and said, ‘Are you alright mate?’ and without warning moved forward and headbutted him, before punching the victim twice to the head.

Ford pleaded guilty to assault by beating and admitted breaching a conditional discharge at an earlier hearing, which was due to expire days after the incident at the Trek took place.

Natasha Dardashti, defending, said, “He was out and he drank too much.

“He had an argument with his partner and she was talking to someone else and saw her laughing with another man. He looked at him, assaulted him and ran off.

“The police caught up with him quite quickly and the police officer said even in the police car he was saying ‘I’m really sorry, is he ok?’.

“He made full admissions and came to court on the first occasion and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I ask you to give him full credit for that.”

Making reference to the previous assault she told magistrates her client was provoked by a man who he felt was having an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable member of his family.

She added the report by probation had put Ford at low risk of offending and said her client had a caring side which saw him put up his girlfriend’s father who had been unwell and spent time in hospital.

“He has worked hard and completed an apprenticeship, he has worked hard to get that. I ask you to follow the recommendation in the report.

“He is a young man who made a mistake and fully acknowledges that mistake, the way he acted in the way he did is because he is drunk.”

Ford was given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement for the same period.

He must also carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and was banned from the Trek nightclub for 18 months unless the owner gave permission for his return before that period ended.

He must also pay £75 compensation to the victim and pay costs of £85.