Padiham bouncer will lose licence after assault

Burnley Magistrates' Court.
Burnley Magistrates' Court.

A Padiham bouncer who assaulted his then partner after a funeral, will lose his door supervisor’s licence, a court was told.

Neil Beswick-Brown (23) had pushed Sarah Passmore in the neck, causing her to fall against some railings, after both were said to have had drunk eight pints and some shots.

The prosecution had alleged Beswick-Brown had grabbed Ms Passmore by the throat, leaving reddening, and obstructed ambulance staff called to tend to her, but he denied both claims.

Beswick- Brown had no previous convictions but does have a caution for battery against Ms Passmore, the mother of his child, from January last year.

Burnley magistrates heard how the defendant did not want to reconcile with his victim, although she, it was said, did want the relationship to continue. She had not made a complaint against Beswick-Brown and had not co-operated with the prosecution.

The defendant, of Beech Street, Padiham, had admitted assault by beating, on February 19th. Beswick-Brown, who is unemployed and on benefits, was fined £70, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Mr Geoff Ireland (defending) said the defendant admitted knocking her to one side when she was trying to stop him leaving and had put her hands on him. He accepted that was an assault. It appeared Ms Passmore’s injuries were relatively minor.

The solicitor said: “It’s his intention they should not be reconciled. She wants a reconciliation, but he doesn’t. They do have a child together. They had a lengthy relationship.”

Mr Ireland told the court: “He has a door supervisor’s licence and works in local clubs but, because of this conviction, that licence will be revoked. He apologises to the court, the police and more importantly, the aggrieved.”

He said the defendant and victim had had a significant amount to drink before the assault.