06:01 Wednesday 15 January 2014

Bricklayer punched Ballare bouncer and shouted racial abuse in 'drunken anger'


Cambridge Magistrates' Court Cambridge Magistrates' Court

A bricklayer has been handed a community order after hurling racist abuse and punching a nightclub doorman in a “drunken anger”.

Richard Lesurf, of High Barns in Ely, pleaded guilty to racially assaulting Sam Nti, the doorman of Cambridge nightclub Ballare, and punching him in the face after being turned away from the club.

The 21-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that Lesurf had been in town on a work do.

Delia Matthews, prosecuting, said: “Sam Nti was on duty at the main entrance at the top of the stairs. At about 11.30pm he saw a man approaching who was obviously drunk.

“He said they had a safe drinking policy and he couldn’t come in. The defendant did not accept it and rushed towards him and grabbed his coat. Lesurf swung a punch and it landed on Mr Nti’s left cheek.”

Police were called to the club and Lesurf was searched. 0.7g of cocaine was found which he claimed had been planted by police.

Nicole Yates, mitigating, said Lesurf wanted to go into Ballare to find his friends. She said: “It seems Mr Lesurf had a little bit too much to drink. Whilst in Vodka Revolution he had got separated from his friends and assumed they had gone onto Ballare while he was in the toilet. The staff at that location said he was too drunk to be let in. He asked if he could go in to find his friends and then he would leave.”

Ms Yates said Lesurf was “finding it difficult to accept” the racial element. She added: “He did not punch the man because he was black. It was in a drunken anger that words were said.”

Magistrates sentenced Lesurf to 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £200 fine for possession of cocaine, court costs of £160 and a £60 victim surcharge.

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