Bouncer pushed woman down Leeds nightclub stairs

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A BOUNCER has been jailed for pushing a woman down a flight of stairs at a nightclub and music venue in Leeds.

Victim Emma O’Connell had to undergo surgery for a fractured wrist after the attack by doorman Elliot Greenberg at the Cockpit venue in the city centre.

The court heard Miss O’Connell was still suffering pain from her injuries a year after the incident took place in December 2012.

Greenberg was jailed for nine months after a jury found him guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The trial heard the incident happened as Miss O’Connell was about to leave the club and was waiting for the friends.

She became involved in an argument with another group of people after drinks were spilt over her coat and handbag.

Greenberg, of Springmills Grove, Batley, then became involved and began to usher Miss O’Connell out of the club, refusing to allow her to collect her things or wait for her friends.

CCTV footage showed the victim being pushed down the stairs and using her arm to break her fall.

The court heard she had to endure a painful Christmas period before she could undergo surgery.

Judge Christopher Batty said Greenberg had tried to “blacken” the victims during the trial.

He said: “You were in a position of responsibility as a doorman.

“A position you have taken very responsibly in the past with discretion and with exemplary fashion.

“But on this night you behaviour was far from that and people in your position have to understand that when it is breached the court will not tolerate it.”

Ben Campbell, mitigating, handed the courts references which described Greenberg as a hard-working and caring person.

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