Bouncer hit in face by stiletto in Leeds nightclub attack

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A bouncer was struck repeatedly in the head and neck with a stiletto-heeled shoe after he tried to eject a drunken woman from a nightclub.

Lauren Bray, 22, then hurled foul-mouthed racial abuse at another member of door staff during the incident at Mission nightclub in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard Bray became violent towards doorman Matthew Doyle after he was called to a report of an incident of a group of women behaving aggressively at the nightclub at 2.20am on September 15 last year.

Bray was in her bare feet but holding a pair of stiletto shoes when Mr Doyle tried to remove her from the premises.

The court heard Bray tried to resist being ejected from the club while Mr Doyle appealed to her friends to get her to leave. At that point Bray used one of the shoes to strike Mr Doyle seven or eight times in the head and neck.

The mother-of-one then shouted racial abuse and spat at another doorman, Karl Taylor, when he went to assist his colleague. Bray also rang her friends and falsely accused Mr Taylor of hitting her during the struggle.

After she was arrested, Bray said to Mr Taylor: “I’m not racist, I’m sorry. My own daughter is mixed race.”

The court heard Mr Doyle was recovering from surgery on his nose when Bray attacked him and it had caused complications. He continues to suffer breathing difficulties and bleeding as a result of being struck in the face.

Bray, of Barden Terrace, Bramley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and racially aggravated assault.

In interview she said she had been very drunk and had been in an abusive relationship. She said she “went a bit mad” after being grabbed by the neck as it reminded her of the treatment she received from a former partner.

Chloe Fairley, for Bray, said her client had been suffering from anxiety and depression. She said: “There is no one more disgusted with what happened than Lauren Bray herself. She is utterly repelled by what she did.”

Judge Rodney Jameson made Bray the subject of a three-month curfew and ordered her to take part in an intensive community order for 12 months.

He said: “The fact you were drunk does not make it acceptable. It makes it worse.”

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