A professional boxer from Sheffield has been jailed for 21 months after breaking a bouncer’s jaw, cheekbone and eye socket with a single punch.
Callum Hancock, 24, punched doorman Andrew Walton as he was kicked out of the Genting casino on Arundel Gate at 5.40am on March 21.
He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to GBH at a previous hearing.
Hancock, who has won all seven of his professional fights, also threw several punches towards a female member of staff which narrowly missed her face.
Mr Walton, 46, needed metal plates and pins in his cheek and initially couldn’t eat and had to drink through a straw because of his injuries.
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said Hancock was verbally abusive towards staff inside the casino and when asked to leave initially, picked up a bar stool and swung it towards the manager, hitting a female member of staff in her shins.
He was then escorted from the building by Mr Walton.
Ms Gallagher said: “Mr Walton told him to calm down but the defendant said he would leave when he wanted to. He was saying he was going to kill the manager.”
Mr Walton got him outside the door and pushed him away - leading Hancock to hit him, knocking him to the ground.
Ms Gallagher said Hancock, who had drunk nine glasses of Jack Daniel’s and Coke during the evening, then kicked Mr Walton before swinging a series of ‘very fast left-right punches’ towards a female member of staff which ‘missed her by inches’.
He then swung punches at another male before he was taken to the ground and restrained, with police officers called out.
When interviewed by the police, Hancock, of Watermeade, Eckington, initially claimed he was acting in self-defence and had ‘lashed out to protect himself’.
After being shown CCTV from the club, Hancock said he had deliberately pulled his punches towards the woman so as not to hit her.
He said he ‘didn’t think he would have done anything differently’ in relation to the incident.
In a statement read to the court, the victim said he had not been able to work in the months after the incident and had been told by doctors he may never regain full feeling in his face.
He said he has lost out on thousands of pounds in salary and overtime as a result of his injuries.
“I have been a door supervisor for 25 years and have been assaulted countless times,” he said.
“This has hit me the hardest - financially, emotionally and physically.
“I have lost count of the number of times I have been to hospital.
“I am constantly suffering from excruciating headaches. When I’m concentrating it feels as though someone is constantly poking me in my eye. Most of the time, I can’t even get to sleep.
“My granddaughters have been born in recent months and I have not been able to give my family the love and support they have needed.
“This whole incident has been a nightmare and I just want everything to get back to normality.”
Edward Moss, defending, said the incident had been ‘totally and utterly out-of-character for this young man’.
Mr Moss said his client was ‘thoroughly ashamed of his actions that night’.
“He has brought shame on his family, shame on himself and shame on his professional sportsmen,” he said.
“His whole professional career as a boxer is now on the line.”
Mr Moss said it was ‘highly unlikely’ Hancock would appear before the courts again.
He said Hancock currently does not have an active boxing licence as he was waiting for these proceedings to conclude before renewing it.
Sentencing, Judge Mark Gargan said Hancock was a promising boxer with ‘positive good character’, as demonstrated by donating his purse from one fight to a leukaemia charity.
But he added: “With that ability comes a degree of responsibility.”
Judge Gargan he said he had no option but to send him to jail given the serious injuries suffered by the victim.
He gave him a sentence of 21 months, reduced from two years as a result of Hancock’s otherwise good character.
Judge Gargan said he had ‘no doubt’ Hancock had been annoying members of staff and other customers inside the casino.
He said he had hit the doorman with a ‘blow by a skilled boxer’ before kicking the victim and then throwing punches towards a female casino worker.
Hancock, smartly dressed in a suit for the hearing, asked to speak after being jailed but was led away to the cells.
Several members of his family were in tears in the public gallery as he was taken down.
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