Man jailed for assaulting two security workers

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
3:22 PM

A judge said a man who attacked two security workers when he was was asked to leave a venue in Holt, Norfolk, acted in a “drunken loutish and violent” manner and jailed him for 15 months.

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A man, who a judge said acted in a “drunken loutish” fashion when he attacked two security workers at Holt Hall, has been jailed for 15 months.

Michael Bentley, 23, had a ticket which was only valid until midnight but when security staff asked him to leave at the end of the evening, he objected and turned violent, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Christopher Morgan, prosecuting said Bentley, who was with a group of friends, appeared to “want a fight” and after running back to a car had returned with a metal baton, which he used to strike at two security workers.

He said one man had his arm fractured and the other got a 3cms cut to his rib area.

He said that Bentley had then used the metal object to damage one of the victim’s cars causing more than £4000 worth of damage.

Bentley then got into a car which drove off with him as a passenger.

Mr Morgan said that staff took his registration number, and Bentley was later arrested.

Bentley of Coronation Road, Holt, who has previous convictions for violence, admitted causing grievious bodily harm to the one security worker and actual bodily harm to a second man on July 7, last year.

Jailing him for 15 months, Judge Nicholas Coleman told him: ““This was in any view drunken, loutish and violent behaviour.”

He said he was an “angry young man” and said: “You clearly have a disposition to resort to the use of weapons”

He said his behaviour had been “thuggish”.

John Morgans, for Bentley, said: “When not in drink he presents as an impressive 23 year-old man,”

He said he had a clear insight into his behaviour and was full of remorse.

He said Bentley was in full-time employment and said: “He is very remorseful for his actions.”

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