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Court hears of Yarmouth bar brawl

PUBLISHED: 14:34 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:59 03 July 2010

AN offshore worker was fined £375 for his part in a bar brawl which spilled on to the street.

Simon Geering, 25, was one of four people who caused the fracas outside Mission bar on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, on October 11 last year.

AN offshore worker was fined £375 for his part in a bar brawl which spilled on to the street.

Simon Geering, 25, was one of four people who caused the fracas outside Mission bar on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, on October 11 last year.

Geering had previously pleaded not guilty to threatening behaviour and was due to stand trial on January 26 along with two co-defendants. However, he failed to turn up at court and was found guilty in his absence.

Appearing at Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Friday for sentencing, he also admitted failing to surrender to bail.

The court heard the alcohol-fuelled incident was sparked by a scuffle on the dancefloor involving a girlfriend of one of the men.

Prosecuting, Gary Mayle said Warren Fernandez had been the main aggressor, but the case was later dropped against

him after he was jailed for six-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving on the A12 at Hopton in April last year.

Mr Mayle said Geering, of High Street, Gorleston, was “highly intoxicated” and that a row erupted after a woman was allegedly assaulted on the dancefloor.

“A man attempts to give her first aid and it is at this point the four men become a problem,” said Mr Mayle, who told the court the row moved on to the street where the three men and one youth became aggressive towards door staff and police.

Mr Mayle said the gang were aggressive towards police, swearing and taunting at them, and that officers were forced to use batons to restrain them.

Geering, an accommodation technician, was arrested and charged with the public order offence which was captured on CCTV.

Arthur Balls, mitigating, said the incident had started after Geering's friend's partner was glassed on the dancefloor by another woman, who he was trying to track down in the bar.

He also questioned force used by police to restrain the gang.

He said Geering was “disappointed” in his actions, and had missed the trial because he was working offshore.

“You are dealing with a hard working individual who does not want to get in trouble again,” said Mr Balls.

Magistrates fined Geering a total of £425 for threatening behaviour and failing to surrender to bail and he was ordered to pay costs of £120 and a £15 government surcharge.

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