A BOUNCER who broke a pub customer’s jaw after he was racially abused has been spared a prison sentence.
Mohammed Haaris left his victim needing an operation to have metal plates inserted into his face after striking him outside The Royal, in Armley. Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard the attack happened just after 10pm on Friday March 15 last year after the victim went to the pub with a group of friends.
Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Haaris, 22, refused the victim entry because he was too drunk. His friends were allowed into the pub and the victim remained outside. CCTV footage showed the victim having a conversation with Haaris before the doorman punched him in the jaw and pushed him away. Miss Hancock said the victim realised straight away that he was seriously injured and was taken to hospital.
He suffered two fractures to his jaw. The court heard the victim was on a liquid diet for six weeks because his injuries were so severe.
He is continuing to receive treatment and has suffered a loss of sensation in part of his jaw. Haaris has now lost his job as a result of the incident, is on benefits and is struggling to find work. Haaris’s barrister Andrew Dallas said: “He has lost his badge after three years of exemplary behaviour in very trying circumstances, particularly this rather rough pub which he found challenging to say the least.”
Harris, of Springroyd Terrace, Bradford, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was given a suspended prison sentence. Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “I am prepared to accept and sentence you on the basis that you were subjected to a significant amount of provocation. What you did in punching him in what must have been a very hard blow, was wholly unacceptable. As a doorman you should have maintained your composure and notified the authorities rather than lash out as you did.”
He added: “At this stage it is not in the public interest to sentence you immediately to prison.”
Haaris was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £500 compensation to the victim.