Snotty clubber knocked out in nightclub for wiping nose on man's back

A truck driver who attacked a man in an East Yorkshire nightclub because he wiped his nose on his back has been spared jail. Scott Johnson, 29, was on a night out at The Apollo nightclub in Bridlington on October 27 last year when he felt something brush across his back. The full-time truck driver lashed out at his victim who was knocked to the floor after he admitted to wiping his nose on Johnson’s back.

An ambulance was called to the club and the victim was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where it was feared he had suffered a serious head injury. Prosecuting barrister Stephen Robinson told Hull Crown Court : “The incident took place on a Saturday night and the complainant had been out socialising that evening. The complainant can’t actually remember very much about the incident.

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“He remembers going into a packed pub but after that memory things are a blur until he woke up in hospital.

He can’t actually remember being in The Apollo. “It was thought initially that the complainant might have had a serious head injury. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.

“His head and neck was placed in a brace and he was given a CT scan. That revealed there was not a serious head injury and he was later discharged.”

The Apollo, Bridlington

CCTV footage showed Johnson and his victim mixed in the crowd of a packed Apollo nightclub. Johnson, who voluntarily handed himself in at the police station after the incident, says he felt something brush across his back and turned around to confront the man behind him.

“He turned and asked the victim if he wiped his nose,” said Mr Robinson. “He said he had. “The defendant then punched the complainant and kicked him when he tried to get off the floor.”

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Footage showed Johnson unleash four punches sending the victim to the floor before stomping at him as he laid on the ground. In a statement, the victim said he felt “angry” about the incident and that it was “totally out of the blue and unexpected”.

Mr Robinson added: “He goes on to say there is no excuse of the way the defendant behaved that night. He had just been out with friends enjoying their company.” After the incident, Johnson tried to reach out to the victim to apologise, admitting that his actions were “horrendous”.

Johnson, who has no previous convictions, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday (September 1) to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. “That footage is haunting,” said mitigating barrister Rachel Scott. “He knows full well that nothing that anybody does deserves that sort of attack. “It is an action that was out of character.

I would submit he has demonstrated true remorse. “He accepts that sorry does not cut it. He attempted to visit the victim in hospital and tried to contact him on social media to apologise.”

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Addressing Johnson in the dock, Judge Mark Bury told him that he had seen cases where “lesser violence had killed a man”.

He said: “You used your fists more than once and your feet more than once as a result of no or not much provocation. “Luckily for you and more lucky for the complainant no serious were caused on this occasion. You could have caused him serious injuries.

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He is lucky, but so are you. “I should tell you in the ordinary course of events people who behave like that go straight to prison. I’m going to make an exception in your case.”

Judge Bury sentenced Johnson to six months in prison suspended for 12 months. He must also pay GBP500 compensation to the victim and complete 30 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

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“I entirely accept that this out of character and you tried to apologise,” he added. “There has been no repetition of any bad behaviour since and this is now going on a year ago. “As I say, even in those circumstances I would send somebody like this to prison because the public don’t want to see this sort of behaviour when they go out.

“But I am quite satisfied you are genuinely sorry about all this and in the end no serious injury was caused to this man.”

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