Players bouncer jailed for savage attack on innocent bystander

The brutal assault left Steven Hartland with serious brain damage

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Players Bar bouncer Tony Henson has been jailed for 27 months following a brutal attack outside the bar on party goer Steven Hartland, which fractured his skull.

The victim lost hearing in one ear and suffered two fractures to the skull as a result of the savage attack.

The attack happened last February when Henson was off duty.

He was been sentenced to 27 months.

Tony Henson (Image: Birmingham Mail)

The victim had been dancing with some friends in the club when trouble flared up around him, involving a number of people.

Hartland admitted he remembers being held in a head lock by Henson, and was dragged outside.

He was stamped on by Henson, and subsequently left to scramble off the floor, but can remember little of the attack itself.

Later in hospital it was revealed that he had suffered a fracture at the base of his skull and nasal bone, alongside bleeding in the brain.

As a result of this he now suffers short term memory loss, and needed a hearing aid fitted.

He has since had to give up his job and has to be looked after by his mother.

Judge Mary Stacey told Henson in the hearing: “Mr Hartland was ten years younger than you, with hopes and aspirations for the future.

“His life has been changed forever by what you did. It really must have been a savage blow to have caused those injuries.”

According to the bouncer’s lawyer, the attack was out of character as “he had dealt with hundreds of violent situations, all without complaint.

“At the time of this tragic incident he was off duty and went in to see his manager and had a few drinks which may have affected his judgement and trouble started. He felt it necessary to eject the complainant from the premises.

“He accepts that on the one occasion he stamped on the man’s head. For this moment of madness he is shocked and disgusted with himself, so much so he has moved away from the city to live with his father in Crewe.”