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Tru nightclub queue row attacker jailed for 14 months

Queue jumpers went on to attack fellow nightclub-goers after being told to go to the back of the line

The fight happened outside Tru nightclub

A nightclub-goer was punched so hard after an argument about queue-jumping that a piece of bone in his nose severed an artery, leaving him requiring a blood transfusion.

An altercation occurred in the queue for the smoking area at Tru, in Camberley High Street, at around 2am on October 5 last year, after two men from Aldershot tried to jump the queue.

Guildford Crown Court heard on June 26 that James Mahabeer, 23, of Cambridge Road, threw punches on the stairs before fleeing the club.

He was jailed for 14 months, having pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and common assault.

Rameich Palmer, 22, of Middle Hill, admitted a lesser charge of affray after it was decided he had played a minor role in the violence, despite initiating it.

The court heard the argument happened after Mahabeer and Palmer were sent to the back of the queue after trying to push in further along the line, where they were challenged by fellow customers Matthew Bowring and Fraser Bracey.

Punches were thrown, including one from Mahabeer that broke Mr Bowring’s nose. It fractured a bone which sliced through an artery, causing him to bleed heavily for more than an hour and be taken to hospital for a transfusion and operation.

Mahabeer, who has previous convictions for theft and public order matters, accepted he threw the punch when he was shown CCTV footage, but said he could not understand how it caused such injuries.

After the attack, Palmer was held back by door staff at Tru while Mahabeer ran outside, where he got into a further altercation and slapped another man, cutting his lip.

Mariska van Leeuwen, defending Mahabeer, said he had worked for Berkeley Homes for three years.

“He is very important in terms of his mum having a roof over her head, as he assists in paying the mortgage,” she said. “He is deeply regretful of his actions.”

Palmer, represented by Richard Mobbs, was said to be a talented athlete who had never been involved in such serious offences before and was "in fear" of a prison sentence.

He suffered a panic attack as he entered his guilty plea at the court during a previous hearing.

“This has been an extremely sobering experience for him,” said Mr Mobbs.

“The incident can best be described as stemming from too much alcohol and too much testosterone.”

Judge Christopher Critchlow QC sentenced Mahabeer to 14 months in prison for GBH and two months concurrent for common assault, saying: “This sort of violence cannot go unpunished.”

Mahabeer must also pay a £120 surcharge. Palmer was visibly relieved as he was told he would be receiving an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years.

“You are someone I am satisfied is full of remorse about what has happened,” said Judge Critchlow, who added Palmer should consider himself "very lucky" not to be sent to prison.

He was told to complete 140 hours of unpaid work, pay £500 in compensation to the victims and a £100 surcharge.

 

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