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Clubber headbutted man over punch jibe

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

A CLUBBER headbutted a man who laughed at him as he was ejected from a nightspot, a court heard.

Thomas Harry Thornes, 21, was being thrown out of a club on Christmas Day in Cheltenham after he swung a punch, missed and fell over, prosecutor Graham Dono told Stroud Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 14.

Thornes, of Upton Garden, Whitminster, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

“A Callum Shepherd was near the nightclub at 1.20am and was walking down an alleyway and passed a doorman who was ejecting the defendant from the club,” said Mr Dono.

“He had been ejected for fighting. As they passed them, Mr Sheppard asked him if he had swung a punch in the club earlier.”

Mr Thornes threatened him and made a homophobic remark, said Mr Dono.

“A Luke Sheppard saw Mr Thornes headbutt Callum Sheppard. He was restrained the police were called.

“Callum Sheppard went to hospital with a broken nose and he could not breath through it or wipe it for some time because it was too painful. He also experienced clouded vision in his right eye.”

Mr Dono said he has made a full recovery since.

In interview Thornes claimed the homophobic remark was not intended as such and was said to frighten Callum and Luke Sheppard as he said he felt threatened.

Lisa Ellis, defending, said Thornes had ‘quite a lot to drink’ before the offence.

“It would appear the Sheppards decided to make fun of him being ejected,” she said. “They said something along the lines of ‘You are that man who swung a punch and missed then fell over’. He felt threatened but that does not excuse what he had done.”

The hearing was adjourned for sentence at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on May 13 at 2pm.

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