Racist attacker butted doorman

The Railway Pub, Matlock
The Railway Pub, Matlock

A DRUNKEN Matlock man who head-butted and racially abused a pub doorman has narrowly escaped a jail sentence

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Kevin Rawsthorne, 37, of Netherfield Close, Matlock, had been drinking in the Railway Hotel, on Matlock Road, Matlock, when staff noticed he appeared drunk.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said Rawsthorne was seen bumping into customers and doorman David Hanson asked him to leave - but as he was led to an external staircase he threatened Mr Hanson, head-butted him twice and repeatedly racially insulted him.

Ms Mahon added that Rawsthorne looked at David Hanson from the stairs and on three occasions shouted racist abuse and as police arrived and asked for details they heard the defendant use racist abuse twice more

Refuse collector Rawsthorne, who has previous convictions for violence, pleaded guilty to committing the racially aggravated assault in September.

The court heard how the married father-of-four had been stressed and admitted having problems with alcohol but denies having racist attitudes.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “He understands what he has done was wrong.”

Dep District Judge Richardson gave Rawsthorne a 16 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months providing he behaves himself.

He was placed on a 12 month supervision order to attend an alcohol course and complete 60 hours of unpaid work.

Rawsthorne was banned from the Railway Hotel for two years and must pay £235 in compensation and costs.