11:32 Tuesday 21 January 2014

Bouncer jailed for 'body slam' on festive reveller

Written byMARK MCKAY

A BOUNCER from Swadlincote who left a reveller on death’s door after body-slamming him has been jailed for two years, police have revealed.

George ‘Mason’ Fessey, 25, of Oak Tree Court, assaulted a 20-year-old man while working at the After Dark nightclub, in Mansfield, on December 29, 2012.

His victim had tried to get back into the club after leaving with friends when Fessey intervened in a scuffle.

Fessey lifted the man above his head then threw him to the ground; the left side of his head took most of the impact.

The victim was left in a coma and is still treated for his injuries, which will affect him for the rest of his life.

Detective Inspector Phil Sims, of Mansfield CID, said: “This was a classic case of adrenaline-fuelled violence and bravado, leading to a massive over-reaction and use of unnecessary force by one man against another half his size.

“It’s never a fair fight between someone who can lift a person above his head and body-slam him to the ground.

“George Fessey left his victim in the absolute lowest level of consciousness before death, he’s fortunate to have come out of it as well as he has.”

Fessey stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of intending to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) – a charge for which he was found not guilty.

The doorman had already pleaded guilty to causing GBH without intent.

Det Insp added: “Not only was it a traumatic, life-altering ordeal for the victim, there were also a number of people who witnessed this, frankly stomach-churning, incident.

“It’s fair to say it brought an abrupt end to their festive celebrations.

“Doormen are supposed to ensure the safety of customers and diffuse potentially problematic and violent situations. Fessey did the opposite.

“If Fessey had called us instead of taking the law into his own hands this incident could have been avoided.”

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