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Off duty doorman fined for punch

PUBLISHED: 20:58 19 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:13 03 March 2010

TRAINED Ipswich bouncer, Mark Coote, has been fined £200 and ordered to pay his victim £100 compensation after he punched him in the face.

Magistrates in the town heard that Coote - who was registered as a doorman in February last year - was off duty at Brannigans

Patricia Doggitt, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told magistrates a doorman at the club asked a 21-year-old clubber to leave but the reveller resisted.

TRAINED Ipswich bouncer, Mark Coote, has been fined £200 and ordered to pay his victim £100 compensation after he punched him in the face.

Magistrates in the town heard that Coote – who was registered as a doorman in February last year – was off duty at Brannigans

Patricia Doggitt, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told magistrates a doorman at the club asked a 21-year-old clubber to leave but the reveller resisted.

He was being escorted out of the building on Cardinal Park when Coote punched him in the mouth, the court was told. The victim's injuries included a swollen top and lower lip and a sore jaw.

"The defendant also found it difficult to eat," said Miss Doggitt, who maintained the attack was unprovoked.

The victim went to the accident and emergency department at Ipswich Hospital and was referred to his doctor.

CCTV footage from Brannigans identified Coote, of Redwing Close, Ipswich, who admitted the assault but told police it was provoked.

Ian Persaud, mitigating, said the victim was refused entry to Chicagos nightclub in the town after he had made slashing gestures across his throat when Coote was working at the nightspot three months ago.

Coote, 25, remembered this and on the night of the assault he was with his friends who work on the door.

Mr Persuad said his client momentarily lost control and threw a punch at the clubber who he claimed had made threatening gestures towards Coote.

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