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Club doorman was spat at and racially abused

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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A FESTIVE reveller hurled racist abuse and spat at a doorman after he was refused entry to a Burton town centre nightclub from which he was already barred.

Agren Rahmen became aggressive towards door staff outside The Association, in High Street, after they refused to budge after persistent attempts to get into the club on December 28, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard.

It was then that he launched into a foul-mouthed racist rant towards doorman Ricky Yates, before spitting at him.

Rahmen, 26, was known to door staff at the club as he had previously been barred.

They had also blocked a number of previous attempts to gain access to the nightspot in the weeks leading up to the incident.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “Staff outside The Association said that he was barred when they began having problems with the defendant - who was barred from the venue.

“They said he attempted to get in on a number of occasions. He refused to go away despite being told on a number of occasions that he was barred.

“He then began being abusive and racist towards Mr Yates and spat at him. He said the spit landed on his coat, fortunately.”

The court heard Mr Yates and his colleagues tried to ignore Rahmen but were left with no option but to call the police.

“The police arrived and the defendant was arrested,” Mrs Thompson added.

When interviewed, Rahmen, of Victoria Street, said he had become frustrated as he had been trying to get into the club for two weeks.

He also said he was ‘very drunk’, as he had earlier downed half a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey.

Michael Taylor, defending, said: “He admits spitting at the doorman. Fortunately it landed on his coat. He pleaded guilty at the first attempt and should be given credit for that.”

Rahmen pleaded guilty to charges of assault and racially aggravated harassment.

He was fined £150 and also told to pay costs of £105.

In addition, he was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim.

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