Headbutt ‘out of proportion’ to provocation

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A 39-YEAR-OLD head-butted another man who had been trying to dance with his wife at a hotel nightclub – leaving the victim needing five stitches to his face.

The incident happened just before 3am on 7 May. The Magistrate’s Court heard that Bruno Miguel Freitas Vieira and his wife were on the dancefloor at The Royal Yacht hotel when a man approached Vieira’s wife.

There was a brief scuffle between Vieira and the man.

The court was shown CCTV footage of a later encounter between the two, during which Vieira head-butted the other.

Crown Advocate Lauren Taylor, prosecuting, said: ‘The victim was bleeding quite profusely. He was taken to Accident and Emergency and needed five stitches to his eyebrow.’

Vieira pleaded guilty to being disorderly on licensed premises and grave and criminal assault. He was ordered to carry out 90 hours of community service and fined £200.

Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris gave him credit for his early guilty plea and lack of previous convictions.

He told Vieira: ‘I accept that you felt there was some provocation that sparked your behaviour.

‘I’m not criticising you for sticking up for your wife. It’s how you did it. It was wholly out of proportion.’

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