Plymouth student must pay headbutt victim compensation after bar squabble
A STUDENT who headbutted another student who had complained about him pushing in at the bar must pay his victim compensation.
Conner Bell, of Glen Park Avenue, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court following the incident at the student union bar at Plymouth University on January 27.
Prosecutor Eoin McCarthy told magistrates that Bell, 20, and another man had pushed their way to the front of a queue of people waiting at the bar. He said several students complained and told the pair to go to the back, but they refused.
Door staff then became involved and insisted the pair go to the back of the queue.
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Mr McCarthy said Bell became argumentative and when another person, John Dixon, told him to go, Bell headbutted him causing a cut to his victim's forehead.
Bell was immediately detained by door staff and police called. He later claimed he was pushed and sworn at before he responded.
In mitigation, his defence solicitor John Haythorne said Bell was of previous good character and had made an early guilty plea to assault by beating. The district judge conditionally discharged Bell for 12 months, ordering him to pay Mr Dixon £100 compensation, £85 court costs and the £20 victim surcharge.