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Suspended sentence for man who attacked bouncer in Belfast nightclub

Belfast Magistrates' Court.
Belfast Magistrates' Court.

By Alan Erwin

A man attacked a bouncer and police officer after being asked to get down from stage railings at a Belfast nightclub, a court has heard.

Jimi Outland-Hepworth was given a four-month suspended prison sentence for his outburst at the Limelight early on Sunday morning.

The 22-year-old, of Berwick Street in London, admitted charges of common assault, disorderly behaviour, assault on police, criminal damage and resisting police.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard police on mobile patrol saw him lunge at door staff as they tried to calm him down outside the venue on Ormeau Avenue.

According to the prosecution Outland-Hepworth continued screaming and called officers racist as they tried to get his details.

A member of staff said he had been spotted standing on railings at the main stage, refusing several requests to get down.

Outland-Hepworth then punched him to the head before being ejected from the club, the court was told.

As he was being escorted to a police van he kicked one of the officers before spitting all over the inside of the vehicle.

During interviews Outland-Hepworth claimed he struck out at the staff member in self-defence.

He also claimed that he spat in the van because of blood in his mouth.

His solicitor told the court he had gone out for the night while in Belfast to visit his father's ex-partner.

"He reacted with unnecessary force to the bouncer and he accepts that," the lawyer added.

Imposing a total of four months imprisonment, District Judge Fiona Bagnall suspended the term for 18 months.

She also ordered Outland-Hepworth to pay £55 towards the cost of cleaning the police van.

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