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Four family members admit their parts in St Austell nightclub disorder

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

FOUR members of a family have admitted their parts in a violent confrontation with door staff outside St Austell nightclub The Station.

Magistrates were shown CCTV footage of the incident on November 10 last year involving Neil Charles, aged 46, of Robins Close, Biscovey, Par, and his sons Daniel Charles, 20, and Steven Charles, 22, of the same address, as well as their cousin, 21-year-old Lee Charles, of Pentrevah, Penwithick.

At the court in Bodmin on Friday Daniel, Steven and Lee all pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour. Daniel and Steven also admitted assaulting Krzystof Gryczkowski and Neil and Lee admitted assaulting Stephen Reardon.

Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said that members of the family had been to a funeral and wake that day and Neil, Daniel and Steven had all drunk alcohol to the extent that their judgement was affected.

Later, as they walked towards the railway station to get a taxi home, Daniel decided to go into The Station nightclub with another cousin, Robert Charles.

Daniel had previously been banned from the club but believed the ban had been lifted and persisted in trying to get into the club.

When Neil and Steven arrived on the scene a confrontation developed involving Mr Gryczkowski and Mr Reardon, who were doormen.

As the doormen tried to push the men back Neil restrained Mr Reardon with his arm around his neck and Mr Reardon was attacked by others, including Lee.

Steven and Daniel then punched Mr Gryczkowski.

The court was told that none of the men had previous convictions but Daniel, Steven and Lee had all received past cautions or reprimands for offences including assault.

Richard Cogar, for the defence, said that no one had played a greater role in the incident than anyone else. It had arisen after Daniel was refused entry to the club and "there were pushes and punches were thrown".

Mr Cogar pointed out that Neil and Steven both worked in the family car business but Daniel was employed as a security officer for Stoneham Housing and his conviction might lead to the loss of his Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence and put his job at risk.

Lee, a self-employed builder who was not legally represented, told the court he regretted what had happened and was very sorry.

The magistrates sentenced all four men to community orders and told them each to pay £120 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Daniel was ordered to complete 100 hours' unpaid work in the next 12 months; Lee and Steven were curfewed for 12 weeks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Neil for 10 weeks. Steven told the court he was moving and his curfew address from Saturday would be Trethurffe, Ladock.

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