Convict tries boxing to keep him out of trouble

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A RENISHAW man convicted of a pub attack has taken up boxing again in a bid to stay out of trouble.

Victim Scott Gill told police that he was in Inspirations bar, Chesterfield, when Aaron Blakemore bumped into him at the top of a staircase and they ‘exchanged words’.

Mr Gill and his pal Lee Schofield left and Blakemore, who was waiting by an exit door, asked Mr Gill to ‘go around the corner and sort it out’.

Blakemore, aged 21, beckoned for Mr Gill to come closer and then punched him in the face, splitting his lip, Christopher Reynolds, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

He said: “The defendant ran off. Staff saw the assault, which caused the complainant to fall onto his bottom, and doorman Gavin Walsh pointed out the defendant to police.”

Blakemore was arrested and claimed that Mr Gill had earlier elbowed him in the face.

He said Mr Gill’s shoulder was ‘twitching’ and he thought he was about to be struck again.

Blakemore, of East Street, Renishaw, admitted the assault on June 25.

He was ordered to do 75 hours’ unpaid work and pay £50 compensation to his victim, with £85 costs.

The court was told he had previous convictions for similar offences.

“I’m very sorry for what I’ve done to Scott.

“I hadn’t been out for a long time because of trouble I’ve been in before.

“I’ve started boxing again to keep me away from going out drinking,” said Blakemore, a railway worker on a civil engineering degree course.