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Man handed suspended jail term after spitting in bouncer's face

A man’s been handed a suspended jail term after he spat in the face of a bouncer outside a Douglas nightclub.

Graeme John Banfield of Conister Road in Douglas appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.

At an earlier hearing, the 47 year old admitted assault outside 1886 Bar and Grill on Regent Street in Douglas on December 23.

Prosecutor Barry Swain told the court Banfield had been thrown out of the club shortly after midnight and began struggling with a member of staff outside.

As they wrestled on the ground, Banfield spat directly into the man’s eye.

Mrs Hughes said attacking nighttime workers was treated as seriously as attacking the emergency services, adding a custodial sentence was inevitable.

But after hearing Banfield was his daughter’s carer, she imposed a 14-week jail term suspended for two years.

Shopworker Banfield was also ordered to pay £500 compensation and £125 costs, and was banned from entering licensed premises or buying alcohol for three months.

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