Off-duty doorman jailed for stamping on reveller’s head

Tony Henson - Image from West Midlands Police
Tony Henson – Image from West Midlands Police

An off-duty doorman has been jailed after he dragged a reveller from a Broad Street club and stamped on his head.

Tony Henson, 31, left victim Stephen Hartland with a fractured scull which led to a permanent loss of hearing in his left ear.

In a devastating victim statement, Mr Hartland said he had been unable to return to work since the attack last February on Birmingham’s Broad Street.

He said he had since been forced to move back in with his mum and was surviving on disability living allowance.

James Keeley, defending, said Henson, now of Badgers Avenue, Crewe, was of previous good character and pleaded for a suspended sentence to be passed.

But jailing him for 27 months Judge Mary Stacey said; “In all other respects there is so much about you that is praiseworthy and creditworthy.

“But for the unprovoked stamping on someone’s face with life changing consequences I just can not suspend the term of imprisonment.”

The judge went on that Henson was 10 years older than his victim and said; “his life has been changed forever by what you did.

“It is hoped, thankfully, that the neurological issues will subside in five years but this young man’s 20s, the prime of his life, are not going to be what they should be.

“It has effected his employment, his romantic life and every hope and aspiration a 22-year-old has for the future.

“He is now on disability benefits and his hearing may be permanently disabled.”

Nicholas Berry, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court Henson was in Players Bar in the early hours of February 16 last year.

When violence flared Henson grabbed Mr Hartland in a headlock and dragged him from the club.

Unhappy at the treatment, Mr Hartland remained on Broad Street outside Players when Henson returned, pulled him to the floor and stamped on his head.

Henson went on to plead guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Initially discharging himself from hospital, Mr Hartland returned to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital the following day complaining of sickness and loss of consciousness.

It was found he had a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and a fractured nasal bone.

In a victim statement he said he now had to wear a hearing aid but still struggled to hear what people were saying to him.

Mr Hartland said; “I did not expect to have to be living with my mother.

“I had to give up the property I shared with my girlfriend because I could not afford it.

“I attempted to go back to work but banged my head on day three which set me back.

“The job is no longer available to me and I am currently on benefits.”

James Keeley, defending, said of Henson; “He is shocked and disgusted with himself so much so he has moved away from this city.

“He is so disgusted with himself he would not want to see the complainant again or come across him again.

“His days working as a door supervisor are over, he has been working in a cheese factory in Crewe.

“The complainant has suffered and suffered terribly but it is not hyperbole to say that will stay with this man (Henson) for the rest of his life.”

Henson was initially charged with GBH with intent, which he denied, but the count was downgraded to one of inflicting GBH.

Judge Stacey said after hearing the case she was satisfied the lesser charge was the correct one.


3 thoughts on “Off-duty doorman jailed for stamping on reveller’s head

    1. Hi Amy, medical evidence and victim statements are provided to the court. If there was any suggestion they weren’t correct they would be challenged pretty strongly by defence counsel. Seriousness of harm is a big factor in determining the length of sentence so if there’s any doubt the defence will question it.

      In terms of him twisting things to get benefits; given he had, by the sounds of things, a decent job, and his own home, I’m not sure why he would twist things in order to claim a paltry amount of DLA and move back in with his mum.


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