Bouncer smashed drunk customer’s jaw in ‘brutal beating’ before ‘mocking’ him

A bouncer gave a man a "brutal beating" away from CCTV cameras before laughing and "mocking" him.

Christopher Brophy, 44, left Jamie Hosken with a broken jaw and in need of surgery to fit metal plates to his face.

Swansea Crown Court heard Mr Hosken and a friend visited various licensed premises in Neath, Wales, on the night of April 7. During the course of the night Mr Hosken was ejected from the Castell-nedd Arms pub but refused to leave, WalesOnline reports. Police had to be called.

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The pair then went to the Arch pub where Brophy was a registered door supervisor. Brophy was aware of the earlier incident at the Castell-nedd Arms and challenged Mr Hosken. The court heard how Brophy grabbed his victim and dragged him from the doorway.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, said another bouncer was heard telling the defendant "don't do it here" and "take him around there" while gesticulating to the side of the pub. The prosecution argued the defendant was being told to take Mr Hosken out of sight of CCTV.

The court heard the victim does not remember the assault and believes he briefly lost consciousness. A witness reported seeing Brophy dragging a customer away to an alley, then hearing a loud "thump" and a "commotion". The court heard Brophy approached the stricken man and laughed, telling him he wasn't the person who had assaulted him.

Mr Hosken was taken to Morriston Hospital where X-rays showed a double fracture of the jaw. He underwent surgery to fit metal plates in his face and was in hospital for four days.

The defendant was arrested at his place of work on April 14 and when interviewed gave a prepared statement in which he denied assaulting Mr Hosken. Brophy later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Ian Ibrahim, for Brophy, said the defendant had been a door supervisor for nine years while also working by day as a lorry driver for a scaffolding company. He said the single punch delivered to Mr Hosken had been, in his submission, out of character for his client and references submitted to the court showed a different side to the man.

The advocate said Brophy now accepted the prosecution case on the full facts – in contrast to comments he had made to the author of the pre-sentence report – and he said his client would not be returning to working on the doors.

Judge Paul Thomas KC said Mr Hosken may well have been drunk and misbehaving but the defendant had responded by taking him aside and subjecting him to a "brutal beating" before "mocking" him. He said Brophy's behaviour had "the hallmarks of a bully".

With a 20% discount for his guilty plea, Brophy was sentenced to 16 months in prison. He will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence. The time he has spent on remand since April will count against that sentence.

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