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Man given community service for assaults outside bar

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AN Islander who admitted assaulting two men outside a town wine bar has been sentenced to 70 hours of community service.

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Paul McNee Davis (41), of Don Road, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault as well as being disorderly on licensed premises and being drunk and disorderly.

The Magistrate’s Court heard that McNee Davis had been drinking with another man in Bellagio’s in Charing Cross at about 7.15 pm on 31 October when they began arguing.

As the manager was ushering them out of the premises, McNee Davis smashed a wine glass on the bar and some of the wine went on to one of the other customers.

The court heard that the defendant and the other man continued to argue outside in the street and McNee Davis punched him in the head.

In addition, the court was told that McNee Davis also punched the bar manager in the right side of his face.

Advocate Jane Grace, defending, said that no blows had been traded inside the premises and the bar manager had not been injured.

She said that her client was remorseful for his behaviour and had apologised to everyone involved in the incident.

Advocate Grace said that McNee Davis had been hoping to obtain work in finance and the outcome of the case might prevent him from doing so.

In sentencing, Magistrate Bridget Shaw said that hitting the staff member was an aggravating factor, as the licensee has to ensure that the law is observed.

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