A DAD-OF-ONE who punched a bouncer will be punished in the community.
Clifford Surtees, of The Maples, Winsford, was in court on Wednesday to be sentenced for assaulting a doorman at Winsford nightspot de.bees.
Surtees pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a court last month.
Prosecutor Robin Jones said that on Saturday, April 24, Surtees had been banned from de.bees by Robert Bell, a bouncer at the pub. But when he challenged the ban, things got nasty.
He said: 'The defendant pointed at Mr Bell and said, 'I'm banned because of you, have you seen these fists?' He then hit Mr Bell in the side of the neck and Mr Bell banged his head on the floor. He had bruising to the rear of his head, throat and neck.'
Defending, Chris Johnson told Vale Royal Magistrates Court that Surtees had had a difficult year. His relationship had broken down and he had experienced problems seeing his two-year-old daughter.
He said Surtees had also suffered a bad reaction to medication he was taking and was in poor health.
Magistrates said they faced a dilemma as to how to deal with the matter. They wanted to make sure a community punishment order would be fulfilled but that access to his daughter would not be affected.
The court heard that because of the nature of his business, Surtees, a sunbed engineer, works a six-day week and is on call 24 hours.
Mr Johnson said: 'It's not just a question of overtime or extra work - he can't run his business if he's not available.'
Considering this, chairwoman of the bench Val Godfrey said: 'We are therefore issuing a realistic 60 hours community punishment order.' Surtees was told to pay £100 compensation to his victim and costs of £120.