Blind man’s white stick used in attack on bouncer

A DRUNK father used a blind man’s walking stick to attack a bouncer who was restraining his son outside a pub in Wellingborough.

Tony Board, 51, took the metal stick from a friend before running at the bouncer, who was sat on his son David’s legs outside Rafferty’s in Market Street.

Footage from a CCTV camera showed him swinging the stick like a baseball bat at the man’s head.

A police van arrived just moments later to arrest both Board and his son.

Yesterday at Northampton Crown Court, Board, of Prospect Avenue, Irchester, escaped an immediate jail sentence after admitting to actual bodily harm.

Instead, Judge Sylvia De Bertodano handed him a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

She also laid down a two-month curfew which means Board must stay at his home between the hours of 8pm and 5am.

She said: “People who work on the doors of nightclubs are working to keep order for the public.

“They are in a vulnerable position and they deserve protection from those who attack them.

“You are a hard-working family man but you behaved in an impulsive way after you had been drinking.

“You would never have behaved like that if you had not been drinking – this was a momentary loss of control.”

The court was shown CCTV footage showing Board first restraining his son, who was involved in an argument with a club bouncer soon after 1am on May 27 last year.

After the situation escalated and his son was pinned to the ground Board walked off to a friend to get the stick.

He then turned and ran at the bouncer before hitting him with the 2ft-long object.

The bouncer was taken to hospital and treated for an inch-long wound on the right side of his head.

Mitigating for Board, Alex Radley said Board wanted to apologise to the bouncer.

He said he launched the attack after hearing his son scream.

After the case yesterday, district crown prosecutor for East Midlands Northamptonshire Keith Taylor said: People should be able to go out in our towns and have a good time free from violence.

“The fact that he has used an aid for a blind person as a weapon shows that he has lost control.”

David Board, 24, of Wellingborough, is due to appear at Kettering Magistrate Court next month after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray.