VIDEO: Men kicked and stamped on bouncer in 'disgraceful' Plymouth pub attack
TWO men punched, kicked and stamped on a pub bouncer in an attack branded "absolutely disgraceful" by a judge.
Dennis Noble, 40, and 37-year-old Paul Symons launched the unprovoked assault on the man in Keyham on Christmas Eve last year. The vile incident was captured on CCTV.
Victim Clinton Lane was left with severe bruises and cuts to his face and suffered headaches for weeks afterwards, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Recorder Robin Belben told the defendants: "This was a sustained attack. Both of you used your feet to kick and stamp a man on the ground. That could have had serious consequences. It could have been life-threatening."
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But after hearing of their remorse, previous good character and their early guilty pleas, he suspended their prison sentences. They were each ordered to pay £1,600 in compensation to Mr Lane, who lost earnings over the busy festive period.
Noble, of Latham Close, Eggbuckland, and Symons, of Torridge Road, Efford, both pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm on Christmas Eve last year.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Lane was working at the Keyham Vaults when the pair entered at about 8pm.
He added the doorman heard Symons shouting and swearing about 15 minutes later.
Mr Verheijen said Mr Lane went to talk to him to calm things down and the pair ended up shaking hands.
He added the doorman was walking away when Symons, who had by now been joined by Noble, made another offensive remark.
Mr Verheijen said Mr Lane turned back to challenge the pair with his arms out in a "non-confrontational" manner.
The court then watched CCTV footage which showed first Symons throw a punch and then both men repeatedly punch, kick and stamp Mr Lane, even as he lay on the floor.
Jason Beal, for Symons, said at the time of the attack he was a "broken man" after the break-up of his marriage.
He said he had shown remorse ever since his police interview for an offence which was "totally out of character".
Mr Beal said he was a hard-working man who ran his own company with his brother, employing about 25 people.
Jo Martin, for Noble, said he accepted the attack was the "most disgusting thing he had ever done in his life". She handed in character references and said Noble too was working and able to pay compensation.
Recorder Belben jailed them both for 50 weeks, but suspended the terms for two years.
They must each do 120 hours unpaid work and stick to three-month curfews on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.