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Clubber was injured in row over free beads
12:06pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
When drunk, Craig Docherty thumped a fellow night-clubber, fracturing his cheekbone – and all over a free set of necklace beads, magistrates were told.
Docherty struck out at John Langtree after accusing him of taking his girlfriend’s beads which had been handed out in Strata nightclub during an evening celebrating Mardi Gras on May 6.
Skipton magistrates were told Mr Langtree needed hospital treatment for the fracture and suffered obscured vision in his left eye at a time when he was studying for his A-levels.
Plasterer Docherty of Cowgill Street, Earby – he was living in Skipton at the time – pleaded guilty to assault, causing actual bodily harm and was sentenced to a two-year community order with 240 hours of unpaid work and given a curfew order from 8pm to 6am to run for six months.
He was ordered to pay £500 compensation, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
The Bench was told Docherty approached Mr Langtree accusing him of taking his girlfriend’s beads which he denied, telling him they were being handed out freely.
The next instant, Docherty punched Mr Langtree in the face, knocking him to the floor and was ejected from the building by club security.
In mitigation, magistrates heard that Docherty did not have much memory of what happened and that drink had played a part in his actions.