Violent bouncer faked identity to get job at Leeds nightclub

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A DOORMAN who used false documents to secure a job at a nightclub carried out a violent attack on a customer, a court heard.

Mahmadou Cisse used his brother’s security badge and driving licence to obtain a job at Safari nightclub, on Assembly Street in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cisse, 47, was on duty as a door supervisor in the early hours of June 21 this year when he carried out the attack.

A customer had gone to the club with his partner and another couple when a dispute began with staff over whether they had paid the entrance fee.

Richard Walters, prosecuting, said the victim walked towards the barrier to leave the premises and exchanged words with Cisse.

Cisse grabbed hold of the man and they began pushing each other. Cisse then pushed the man up against a wall and head butted him in the face.

The victim suffered a serious gash to his nose which left the bone exposed. He was taken to hospital to have the wound stitched.

Cisse was dragged away by a colleague and police were contact. He was arrested after officers saw CCTV footage of the incident. Mr Walters said Cisse told officers: “I just knew you would arrest me. You don’t like me. You are arresting me for nothing.”

Cisse, of Arthington View, Hunslet, was interview about the attack and initially claimed he had acted in self defence.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and fraud. Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Cisse had been on benefits and could not afford the fees to obtain the necessary permit to work as a doorman so resorted to using his brother’s documents.

He added that Cisse had no previous convictions and had behaved out of character on the night of the attack

Cisse was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You are 47 years of age and have no previous convictions. Yet here you are before this court for two serious crimes.

“The worst of the two was the violence, when you clearly demonstrated that you do not have the temperament to be a doorman because you quite clearly overreacted to the behaviour of the customer.”

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