Judge lands Brighton clubber with £850 bill for attack

Posted On 30 Sep 2014 at 7:52 am

A clubber has been landed with an £850 bill after he admitted beating up another man at Coalition, in Brighton.

Simon Thomas Ellsmore, 43, of Avocet Crescent, in Sandhurst, Berkshire, attacked 21-year-old Promise Chinda in the club in King’s Road, Brighton, in January.

At Lewes Crown Court the Crown Prosecution Service said that police were called to the club at about 3am on Friday 24 January after the incident.

Judge Michael Lawson ordered Ellsmore to pay £250 compensation to Mr Chinda, £500 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £100.

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Sergeant Peter Allan, of Sussex Police, said: “I am pleased that Simon Ellsmore accepted responsibility for his actions.”

He said that the sentence sent out a clear signal supporting the robust approach taken by the police.

Ellsmore admitted common assault by beating when he appeared at the court on Thursday 18 September.

This report has been updated to incorporate a correction published by Sussex Police. It said: “In a news release on 30 September we incorrectly stated that Simon Thomas Ellsmore, 43, of Avocet Crescent, Sandhurst, Berkshire, had been fined after admitting committing a racially aggravated assault.

“We would like to clarify that, in fact, Simon Ellsmore pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault by beating when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 18 September. He did not admit and was not convicted of any race-related offence.

“We apologise for any confusion we may have caused.”

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