Drunken thug ‘snapped’ pub doorman’s leg

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A PUB doorman suffered a sickening leg injury which has needed three operations to repair after he was attacked by a drunken customer, a court heard.

Mexborough doorman Alan Baxter had to take seven months off work for surgery on his left ankle after it snapped during the incident at The Boy and Barrel pub in High Street almost a year ago.

His assailant, 27-year-old John Richard Corrie, was jailed for nine months by Doncaster Crown Court for a “quite appalling” injury.

Jobless Corrie, of Arnold Crescent, Mexborough, who pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Baxter, was said have drunk eight pints of beer before the incident.

Prosecutor Michael Upson said Mr Baxter had been asked to work an extra shift on April 5 and witnessed an argument between Corrie and an older woman. The woman, the mother of Corrie’s girlfriend, was telling him: “Don’t hit my daughter again.”

A few minutes later the doorman saw Corrie heading to the ladies’ toilets so told him he ought to leave the premises.

Corrie said he had done nothing wrong and began swinging punches, one of which hit Mr Baxter who fell with the defendant falling on top of him.

Corrie continued to punch his victim, was pulled off and walked away saying, “I’ll kill all of you.”

Mr Upson said Mr Baxter’s ankle had snapped and the bone was visible through broken skin.

He needed surgery for internal fixation and was still under orthopaedic care several months later, after three operations.

After his arrest Corrie said he feared he was going to be thrown downstairs at the pub and felt his ejection was unfair, but agreed he was responsible for the leg injury.

Defence solicitor Karen Tunnicliffe said Corrie had been in a difficult situation with his girlfriend’s mother and he felt he was the one being victimised.

“He was not aware how severely injured the doorman was until he was arrested. He very much regrets his behaviour and did not intend to cause any injury.”

Corrie has a previous conviction for assault.