Man bit doorman after being restrained

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A MAN who bit a club doorman – breaking the skin on his arm – has been sentenced in the Magistrate’s Court.

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Rosario Marcus Ortelli (21) sunk his teeth into the security man’s arm after he was restrained on the ground following an incident in Mimosa nightclub.

Ortelli admitted one count of grave and criminal assault in relation to the incident on Sunday 29 September. He also admitted one count of breaching the peace and possessing 2½ tablets of MDMA or ecstasy during a separate incident in Rue de Funchal on Monday 2 September. He told officers, the court heard, that he could not remember buying the class A drugs but would probably have bought three tablets and consumed half of one.

In total, the defendant was sentenced to 120 hours’ community service, bound over for six months and excluded from licensed premises for six months. He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to the doorman for damage to his shirt and other costs. The court heard some details of personal matters in the defendant’s life that might have ‘impacted on his behaviours in September’.

It was also heard that during one of the incidents the defendant was subjected to a ‘phrase that causes him some anguish’ and, it was heard, that might have been a ‘trigger’ for his aggressive behaviour.

Advocate Chris Hillier, defending, said his client fully accepted his behaviour and was looking to ‘make changes to his life to ensure he does not appear before this court again’.

It was heard that his client had limited financial means, lived ‘pay cheque to pay cheque’ and was in debt to credit card companies.

Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris, presiding, warned Ortelli that because of his conviction he was ‘no longer a first-time offender’ and said alcohol and drug consumption were probably factors in his offending.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire

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