Ballymena boxer Bradshaw struck bouncer and 'ran for it', court hears
A nightclub bouncer needed hospital treatment for a head injury after being knocked to the ground in a 'one punch' attack by a champion boxer from Ballymena, a court has heard.
Corey William Bradshaw (19), of Stroma Drive in the Co Antrim town, had been at Kelly's nightclub in Portrush during August this year when he lashed out. He then ran off before being caught by other doorstaff and handed over to police.
Bradshaw was said to be a talented boxer whose successes include several Co Antrim titles with Braid Amateur Boxing Club.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court that at around 11.30pm on August 2, Bradshaw was spotted starting an altercation with other clubbers.
He had previously been asked to leave and was restrained by staff, but when he was let go at one stage he punched a bouncer and made a "run for it".
Bradshaw told police he thought he was going to get a "beating" so he struck out and ran away.
Defence solicitor Nigel McIlrath said his client had been on a night out and that the incident "escalated out of innocuous circumstances" after Bradshaw accidentally bumped into a clubber, knocking drink over.
The lawyer said bouncers threw Bradshaw out and he was "rather agitated".
He added there was a later incident when the defendant sustained a leg injury which meant he had to stop a work training course. It also affected him playing football and being a very good amateur boxer who had fought in places such as America.
Mr McIlrath added that the outcome of the court could have a "detrimental impact on his boxing career" regarding travel.
District Judge Liam McNally said it was a "one punch" case which was an "unjustified assault on the member of staff at Kelly's".
Bradshaw admitted charges of assault and being disorderly and was bound over to keep the peace for two years in the sum of £250 and was given a two-year conditional discharge.
The defendant was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to the injured bouncer.