A St Helens bouncer has been suspended after pleading guilty to assaulting a man at a nightclub in 2015.

Benjamin Longman broke down in court after he was charged with causing actual bodily harm to a man at the St Helens’ nightclub Shenanigans in March 2015, where he worked as a DJ and bouncer.

At Chester Crown Court the victim’s solicitor claimed that at the time of the incident he had been told to leave the club, but wanted to finish his drink first.

CCTV footage showed Mr Longman and the victim talking calmly before Mr Longman punched the victim three times and knocking him to the floor.

The solicitor added: “Although one has to be careful about these things I cannot see any sign of belligerence by the victim.

“The defendant admitted he had hit the victim three times as he can remember and accepted he should have called the police.”

As a result of the assault the victim, who suffered from a previous head injury, lost consciousness and had to be taken to hospital.

At court Mr Longman’s solicitor admitted that Mr Longman overacted during the situation and was ashamed of his actions.

Mr Longman’s solicitor claimed that the victim’s behaviour was being a nuisance adding that later, the victim started abusing nurses resulting in security needing to be called.

During sentencing on Tuesday 31 March Mr Ahmed Nadim said: “You were in a position of trust in that you were there to safeguard the security of those who were at these premises but you acted in the reverse.

“It must have been obvious to you that the complainant was vulnerable because of the consumption of alcohol. It was fortunate as the consequences could have been far worse.”

Mr Longman was ordered to pay the victim £750 in compensation, suspended for two years and was ordered to do 150 hours of community work.