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Woman fined after nightclub assault

Worcester Editorial 22nd Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A YOUNG woman punched a bouncer and kicked out at a police officer after falling asleep at a city nightclub.

Kelly Saunders, of Edgeworth Close, pleaded guilty to both counts of assault at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (January 17) and was ordered to pay more than £300.

The incidents happened in the early hours of the morning on December 29 when the 22-year-old attended Tramps Nightclub with her sister and a friend.

The court heard Saunders walked unsteadily through the doors of Tramps before slumping onto a nearby sofa and falling asleep.

Doorman Paul Miles went over to Saunders and asked her to stand up on three separate occasions but she refused to co-operate.

The court also heard Miles then brought the defendant to her feet by holding her elbows and told her to leave, before she punched him to the side of the face, catching his left eye.

Police were called to the nightclub, but when Saunders refused to get into the van she was arrested. She then kicked out at a woman police officer, catching her in the chest with a sharp heel.

Saunders was interviewed by police and claimed she could not remember anything from the night before, but had drank no more than she usually would.

Defending solicitor Ruth Edwards said: “To say that she is mortified to be before the court would be an understatement.

“She’s never fallen asleep in a club before but that’s what happened, she fell asleep on the sofa and was actually quite happy, one would imagine, before the doorman decided to move her.

“Her sister says it was quite a vicious waking up and she was kept outside the club for half an hour before police attended, where she was ribbed by door staff about what police were going to do to her when they got her.

“What she did to the police officer was not called for, she was only doing her job.”

Saunders was fined £37 and £75 compensation for the assault on Miles, fined £73 and £50 compensation for the police officer assault and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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