Nightclub bouncer jailed for punching rugby league player in brawl
Nightclub bouncer who punched talented rugby league player in brawl leaving him permanent hearing loss in one ear and bleed on the brain is jailed for 21 months
- Joe Sharratt was attacked outside Factory in Manchester back in December 2018
- The student was advised not to play again after suffering two bleeds to the brain
- However, he is now continuing to pursue his dream of becoming a professional
- Gareth Carr was jailed for 21 months after he admitted causing GBH and affray
A talented rugby league player has permanent hearing loss in one ear after he was punched to the ground during a brawl with six nightclub bouncers, a court has heard.
Former St Helens academy player Joe Sharratt was advised by medics not to play the sport again following the incident in December 2018 in which he suffered two separate bleeds to the brain but has opted to continue pursuing his dream of becoming a professional.
He was attacked outside Factory nightclub in Manchester city centre just hours after he represented Lancashire in a match versus Australia at the Etihad Stadium.
The Lancaster University student and his friend, Leon Cooper, were escorted from the premises in the early hours of December 2 after an altercation with a group of men, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Former St Helens academy player Joe Sharratt was advised by medics not to play the sport again following the incident in December 2018 in which he suffered two separate bleeds to the brain but has opted to continue pursuing his dream of becoming a professional
A heated argument followed which descended into a brawl with punches flying at the two men from door staff, said prosecutor Hugh McKee.
One of the blows to Mr Sharratt was delivered to the face by ‘powerfully built’ doorman Gareth Carr which knocked him unconscious as he fell backwards and hit his head on the ground.
The attack was captured on CCTV and on the mobile phones of members of the public nearby.
Mr Sharratt was treated in hospital for five days and now has permanent hearing loss in his left ear.
He also suffers from constant tinnitus in the same ear.
The court was told he had taken a year out from his studies before the assault to devote to rugby league.
He said the sport which he had played since a young boy was a ‘massive part’ of his life.
In his victim personal statement, he said: ‘The doctors told me if I have another concussion they will not let me play rugby again.
‘I was devastated.
‘I have been given the all-clear to play but was advised not to but because it’s my passion I have made the decision to play.
The footage starts with Mr Sharratt dropping to the floor after being punched. The bouncers then surround other man before dragging him around in the bust-up in Manchester
The group of up to eight bouncers are then seen repeatedly punching the man in the face and head
The man then falls to his knees and is then punched repeatedly in the back in the shock footage
Gareth Carr, of Denbigh Road, Denton, was jailed for 21 months after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm and affray
‘I just want to move on with my life and I don’t want this assault to take anything else away from me.’
Yesterday, Carr, of Denbigh Road, Denton, was jailed for 21 months after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm and affray.
His colleagues, Amjad Yasin, 38, Imran Ilyas, 41, Lee Clark, 42, Mohammed Saleem, 22, and Javd Solimanbolagh, 25, all received suspended sentences after they too admitted affray and must also each perform 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Solimanbolagh, of Higher Lane, Whitefield, and Saleem, of Kingsway, Manchester, each received 18 months; Yasin, of Latimer Street, Oldham, and Ilyas, of Gainsborough Avenue, Oldham, were given 15 months each and Clark, of Epson Avenue, Sale, received a 17-month term.
All their sentences were suspended for two years.
Sentencing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said: ‘It seems as if all the training the doormen must have received had been forgotten, and excessive and unnecessary force was used.
‘It is incomprehensible that what was a minor incident at the start could not be peaceably and lawfully controlled by a group of, in the main, experienced and trained doormen.
‘These defendants’ behaviour that night was a shocking example of just how quickly a situation can get out of control if doormen at such venues ignore their training and instead resort to a reaction of ‘if a customer punches me, I’ll punch him back’.’
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