Drunk man who hurled vile racist abuse at revellers outside a party celebrating ethnic diversity and slapped a security guard so hard she went deaf for two months avoids jail
- Barry Danes, 34, slapped Bethany Stone so hard she lost her hearing
- The six-foot-three man hurled racist abuse at revellers at a bar in Canterbury
- Danes was given a suspended sentence and ordered to stay sober for 120 days
- And 250 hours of unpaid work, pay £1,000 compensation and £500 court costs
A drunk man who hurled vile racist abuse and slapped a woman at a party celebrating ethnic diversity has avoided jail.
Barry Danes, 34, slapped female security guard Bethany Stone with such force that she lost her hearing for two months at about 2.40am on February, 25, 2022.
The six-foot-three man then hurled racist abuse at revellers celebrating a ‘people of colour’ event, held at a bar called Alberry’s in Canterbury.
Danes was handed a suspended sentence when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court and has been ordered to remain sober for four months.
Six-foot-three Barry Danes, 34, slapped female security guard Bethany Stone with such force that she lost her hearing for two months at about 2.40am on February, 25, 2022 at Alberry’s bar in Canterbury
Danes, who has 18 convictions for 39 offences, then hurled racist abuse at revellers celebrating a ‘people of colour’ event at the wine bar before he was forced out the door on to the street
The violence erupted as intoxicated Danes became involved in a row outside the nightspot before charging through the front door.
After doorman Miss Stone confronted him, Danes instantly slapped her around the head, causing her to become stunned.
Danes then fought a guest after shouting vile language towards black people, CCTV footage played in court showed.
Moments later Danes was ‘forced out of the door onto the street, from where he fled,’ said Andrew Forsythe, prosecuting.
Four weeks later Kent Police circulated CCTV stills, leading to Danes’ arrest and court appearance.
Miss Stone told the court she was unable to hear for two months following the assault, which left her feeling anxious around males while at work.
Danes, from Sittingbourne, who has 18 convictions for 39 offences, told the court he had no recollection of his actions.
He pleaded guilty to occasioning actual bodily harm and racially aggravated abuse.
Handing down 11 months custody suspended for two years, Judge Simon Taylor KC ordered Danes to stay sober for the best part of four months.
He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court was given 11 months custody suspended for two years. He was also ordered to stay sober for 120 days and complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation to Miss Stone and £500 in court costs
The judge branded his racist language ‘disgusting’, but said his recent four years of staying out of trouble, alongside a positive work record, allowed him to suspend the jail term.
Danes will now be fitted with a tag able to detect alcohol levels through his sweat.
Judge Taylor KC added: ‘For some reason you slapped Miss Stone to the left side of the head.
‘It was one blow but it did cause her to fall, and left her briefly dazed.’
He ordered Danes, of Swanstree Avenue, to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation to Miss Stone and £500 in court costs.
His barrister said: ‘Mr Danes appreciates the alcohol abstention program won’t be at all easy for him.’
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