AFTER being subjected to vile abuse from two drunken brothers, a Leamington pub doorman snapped and pummelled one of them repeatedly with his fists.
Meanwhile the other brother had launched a vicious attack on an off-duty doorman who had been trying to calm things down, continuing to rain blows on him as he lay unconscious.
Following the ‘absolutely disgraceful’ violence at the entrance to a Leamington bar, Jamie Bearman pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding his victim, and his brother Ricky Bearman and doorman Daniel Baldyga admitted a charge of affray.
Jamie Bearman, 33, of Nursery Lane, Leamington, was jailed for 21 months.
Ricky Bearman, 30, of Haseley Close, Leamington, who was told it was largely down to him that his brother had lost his liberty, was sentenced to ten months in jail suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Baldyga, 34, of Weston Close, Leamington, who the judge commented was being paid to stop trouble not exacerbate it, was sentenced to 15 months suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.
Prosecutor Sharon Bahia said the violence erupted after the Bearman brothers were in Kelsey’s Bar in High Street in the early hours of August 18 last year.
They had began demanding money they said they were owed from a fruit machine. The manager explained they had clocked up credit on the machine, but not a payout, at which they angrily threatened to pull out the machine and take it.
So Bladyga was asked to keep an eye on them, and the manager also mentioned what was happening to off-duty doorman Dean Clarke from another venue.
Miss Bahia added the Bearman brothers had a previous conviction for affray, and Jamie had a conviction for wounding, while Baldyga had a conviction in Poland in 2008 for robbery.
Ian Speed, for the Bearman brothers, said Jamie, who has his own business employing two people, was not aware Mr Clarke was unconscious when he went to assist his younger brother ‘who he thought was in peril.’
Mr Speed said Ricky, a carpenter, was drinking far too heavily at the time after splitting up with his long-term partner.
Clare Evans, for Baldyga, said he had been subjected to ‘a relentless verbal assault by the brothers which had included racial abuse.
Sentencing the three, Judge Peter Cooke told them: “This was, throughout, a disgraceful episode which began with you two Bearman brothers and quickly descended into abuse and violence.
“What you did Ricky Bearman was verbally extremely unpleasant and was backed up by posturing body language followed up with a shove with the head. Thereafter you became the recipient of violence.
“You Baldyga escalated matters by your gross overreaction to what was going on at a time when you were being paid to show restraint, not to knock seven bells out of people.
“Other people like Dean Clarke sought to break up what had erupted, and for his trouble he was given a thorough going over by you Jamie Bearman.
“You now appreciate you went over the top. I accept you show remorse, but appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.”
After jailing Jamie, Judge Cooke told Ricky: “The start of this was largely down to you, and you’ve seen the result of that. Your brother has lost his liberty, and to a large degree he has you to thank for that.”