Man refused entry to Late Bar, Bourne, convicted of harassment after “campaign” against door staff

A man who was refused entry to a Bourne nightclub launched a “campaign” against door staff who refused him, a court said.

Toby Dawson, 23 of London Road, Spalding admitted four charges of non-violent harassment when he appeared before magistrates in Boston.

Continuing, Dale Brownless said the harassment started from a “minor incident” at the Late Bar in Bourne on the evening of Saturday August 14 when he was refused entry. He and his brother had been banished a few years earlier.

Boston District Court

Mr Brownless said that should have been “the end”, but Dawson then launched a “campaign against the staff of the two doors” by “threatening” against them “to know where they lived”.

The next day he contacted the head of the gate staff, again claiming that he “knew where they lived” and that he “knew boys who could get them”.

He said Dawson also messaged the wife of one of them, demanding his phone number and confirmation of his address, as well as a Facebook post trying to find out where he lived.

Mr Brownless said after a friend blocked him on Facebook, he sent a “barrage of messages” and 27 calls to his partner, and also contacted his employer on Instagram.

He said when police saw Dawson in October, he told them he had been banned from the club four years ago and thought it was unfair. Dawson claimed he tried to find them to find out why he was still banned.

The court heard that Dawson had previously been convicted of harassment against a former girlfriend and several violations of the no-contact order that had been imposed.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said Dawson made a “full and frank confession” of the offenses.

She pointed out that he had only had one conviction for harassment while the other convictions had been handed down for violating the order which had led to a suspended prison sentence which had now expired.

She said he went to the club thinking he could get in because it was his brother who behaved badly which led to the ban, and he thought it was unfair to be be refused entry.

She said he appeared to have an obsessive personality but had never seen a doctor about it and added that the threats were “empty threats made in the heat of the moment.”

She also pointed out that he did not violate his bail conditions by failing to contact the four victims.

After hearing from the probation service, the magistrates ordered a 12-month community ordinance with 25 days of rehabilitation and 80 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £ 195 in legal costs and charges and a restraining order was imposed on the four victims for a year.

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