Security guard fined for assault

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A TRAINEE security guard grabbed Pinchbeck man Craig Johnson by the throat, pushed him backwards onto some stairs and punched him in the face six times, Spalding magistrates heard.

The men had earlier been at a party when Liam Dawson grabbed hold of the hand of a girl he knew and she fell over.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the girl went to Mr Johnson’s home and they were talking in the hallway when Dawson arrived.

Dawson opened the front door and began to step into the hall, but Mr Johnson tried to close the door to keep him out because Dawson is much stronger.

Miss Ritson said Dawson went straight towards Mr Johnson, grabbed him and pushed him backwards towards the stairs.

As Mr Johnson was lying on the stairs, Dawson grabbed hold of his throat with his right hand and punched him with a clenched fist.

Witnesses gave differing accounts on the number of blows but Mr Johnson thought he had been punched six times.

Miss Ritson said: “Mrs Johnson (the victim’s mother) says the defendant pushed his way into the house and said ‘I am going to kick your ******* head in’.”

She said Mr Johnson sustained bruises and red marks as a result of the attack.

He also broke his hand in the incident but he had fallen on his hand and at one stage had punched the wall.

Paramedics attended and took him to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Dawson (18), of Horsepit Lane, Pinchbeck, was fined £65 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when he pleaded guilty to common assault on June 25.

He must also pay £75 compensation to Mr Johnson.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Dawson’s training as a security officer had been put on suspension awaiting the outcome of the court hearing.

She said Dawson had not gone to Mr Johnson’s home for a fight. He wanted to talk but became angry when the door was slammed in his face.