A Bury St Edmunds man who took part in a ‘mass brawl’ outside a nightclub has been handed a suspended sentence.
Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday how Ben Bayliss, 25, of Smith Walk, was one of a number of men involved in the incident outside the town’s LP nightclub on February 14.
Prosecuting, Matthew Morgan said violence had flared after the men were refused entry to the club by door staff.
CCTV images showed Bayliss punching two men, one of whom suffered an injury to his ear.
Mr Morgan said Bayliss later claimed that he had become involved in the violence in a bid to help protect his brother Wayne who had gone to the club with him.
The court was told that Wayne Bayliss had also been charged in connection with the incident but following a trial was found not guilty by a jury.
Appearing for Ben Bayliss, Joanne Eley said he had required hospital treatment for swollen eyes and facial cuts and had lost a tooth.
While Bayliss had pleaded guilty to affray, he had been trying to protect his brother but went on to use unlawful violence, said Miss Eley.
Judge John Devaux said Bayliss had become involved in a ‘mass brawl’.
He sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to participate in a rehabilitation activity requirement for 40 days and pay costs of £670.