Headbutt assault man given suspended term for Skegness attack

A MAN who headbutted a doorman during an unprovoked Christmas Eve attack in Skegness has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay his victim £800 compensation.

Kayne Thompson, 20, launched the drunken assault on David Downes after being refused entry to the LA Cafe bar on Grand Parade.

Lincoln Crown Court last week heard Mr Downes suffered a snapped tooth which required dental surgery costing him £800 and also re-aligned his nose himself after suspecting a break.

The court was told Thompson suddenly turned violent after Mr Downes asked him to stay outside the nightspot for half an hour to “calm down.”

Liz Fell, prosecuting, said Mr Downes made the decision after hearing reports that Thompson had been ejected from another nearby pub for fighting.

Miss Fell told the court Thompson made a number of threats towards Mr Downes - including “I’ll cut your throat” - before headbutting the doorman.

Thompson ran off following the assault.

When questioned by police several days after the assault Thompson denied attacking Mr Downes but admitted being “very drunk.”

David Eager, told the court Thompson had no previous convictions and was hoping to find work as a roofer to pay Mr Downes compensation.

Thompson, of Ingoldmells Road, Burgh le Marsh, admitted causing actual bodily harm to Mr Downes on December 24 last year.

He was sentenced to six months custody suspended for two years, placed under the supervison of a probation officer for 12 months and ordered to pay Mr Downes £800 compensation.

Passing sentence Recorder Christopher Goodchild told Thompson: “You should pay for the damage you caused.”