A BUSINESSMAN who assaulted a man in a Bury St Edmunds nightclub following a dance floor collision has been ordered to carry out unpaid community work.
Aaron Gibson, 28, was convicted last month at Ipswich Crown Court of assault inflicting actual bodily harm.
Gibson had punched Ben Took to the floor inside Club Brazilia and then continued to assault him.
Security staff who witnessed the incident said that Mr Took, who had been dancing with a woman he had just met, did not retaliate as he was struck.
The incident happened at the nightclub at about 3am on September 5 last year and occurred without any warning, the jury was told.
Giving evidence, Mr Took said he had suffered swelling to his face and neck and bruising around his eye socket.
Mr Took told the court he had been on the dance floor when he was involved in an accidental collision with Gibson who punched him two or three times and then continued the attack on the floor.
Gibson, a regular at the club where he was known as “Gibbo”, was arrested on September 14.
When interviewed he declined to answer police questions about the incident, the court heard.
Giving evidence, Gibson denied being responsible for the injuries sustained by Mr Took.
Last Thursday, Gibson, of Daisy Green, Great Ashfield, was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and pay £100 compensation to Mr Took.
In addition Gibson must pay £500 prosececution costs and was banned from Club Brazilia for the next three months.
Appearing for Gibson, Charles Judge said: “It is very sad that this incident occurred.
“This is his first conviction and has bought about a realisation that more care and thought needs to be indulged in.”
Mr Judge said that Gibson was hardworking and ran his own business, employing 11 people, supplying plastic materials to the building trade.
He also managed another company owned by his father which employed ten people.
Sentencing him, Judge Peter Fenn said he accepted that the attack had been out of character but he was required to both punish Gibson and provide a deterrent to others who found themselves in a similar situation.