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Truro doorman's nose broken by Sebastian Williams of Bodmin in fracas over phone

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

A RUGBY player broke a Truro bouncer's nose after a dispute over a mobile phone.

At Truro Crown Court, Sebastian Williams, 23, of Washaway, Bodmin, admitted having assaulted Paul Rogers on July 28 and causing him actual bodily harm.

Joanna Martin, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Williams was in the city's L2 nightclub with his mother when she started to film Mr Rogers on her phone while he was asking people to leave the venue.

Ms Martin said: "Mr Rogers was not happy because it was being suggested that whatever he was doing would be posted on Facebook."

CCTV was played in court showing that Mr Rogers tried to take the phone from Williams's mother and Williams got involved, throwing two or three punches, although he told the court only one landed.


Ms Martin said Mr Rogers suffered a broken nose in the incident and his glasses were broken.

She added that Williams had a caution in 2011 for a similar incident involving three members of door staff at a nightclub.

Christopher Nicholls, for the defence, said Williams played rugby for his town and was a self-employed builder.

Mary Lewis, for the probation service, said: "He tells me that on both occasions he overreacted.

"On this occasion because of his mother and the previous because of his sister."

Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: "You lost your cool in aid of your mum and whilst it might have been acceptable for you to pull the security guard off your mother, what was not acceptable and what brings you before this court was for you to punch him in the face."

Williams was made the subject of a 12-month community order, ordered to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work and be subject to a two-week curfew between 8pm and 7am daily.

He was also ordered to pay £750 compensation to Mr Rogers.

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