Convicted Benton bouncer got job next door to pub where he assaulted customer

John Brown was banned from working as a doorman after he was convicted of assault but continued working next door to the scene of the crime

A doorman stripped of his licence after assaulting a customer was caught working illegally at the pub next door to the scene of the crime.

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John Brown was convicted last year of attacking someone at the Eazy Street bar, in Newcastle city centre.

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As a result of the conviction he was banned from working as a door supervisor by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

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However, Brown defied the disqualification and within weeks was working on the door of The Dog and Parrot, which is next door to Eazy Street.

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Brown, who was displaying the SIA licence which he should have handed in, was rumbled when a police officer carried out checks.

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Now the 49-year-old, who got a suspended sentence last year for the assault, has been given another suspended sentence for working as an unlicensed doorman. Judge Brian Forster QC, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: “This was a flagrant breach and your behaviour was in any view an act of madness.

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“It was a blatant offence committed shortly after you were given the benefit of a suspended prison sentence.

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“Anyone who engages in work as a door supervisor without the appropriate licence commits a serious offence and it’s right everybody should realise such offences can be punished by sentences of imprisonment.”

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Brown was found guilty of assaulting the customer at Eazy Street after a trial last year and was given a six-month suspended prison sentence with unpaid work on March 7.

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He was required to return his licence to the SIA as a result of the conviction but told them he had lost it. However, by April 27 he was working next door at The Dog and Parrot, displaying the licence.

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Kerry Broomer, prosecuting for the SIA, said: “He was working as an unlicensed door supervisor when he should not have been. He was working at The Dog and Parrot, the pub next door to Eazy Street, where the other offence happened. He was working as a doorman there when he was convicted of assault. He was sacked and essentially moved next door.”

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The court heard Brown was paid L480 for 12 four-and-a-half hour shifts between April and July last year.

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Brown, of Coach Lane, Benton, North Tyneside, pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct not licensed by the SIA and breaching the original suspended prison sentence. He was sentenced to three months’ prison, suspended for 12 months, with 100 hours of unpaid work and was fined L250 with L250 costs.

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Peter Schofield, defending, said Brown had been frustrated by the assault conviction and was depressed and in poor health. He added: “He had lost his job and his ability to work in that field and foolishly took up the offer to work at the premises next door. It was not about the money.

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“He had enjoyed the work for 20 years, it was a real way of relieving his depression. He is trying every avenue he can to find work.” Story and photograph courtesy of Chronicle Live www.chroniclelive.co.uk