Businessman of “exemplary character” punched man outside club

Businessman of “exemplary character” punched man outside club

By David Parker | 19/02/2021

Businessman of “exemplary character” punched man outside club


A BUSINESS owner who assaulted a man who had punched his friend outside a nightclub has been fined.

Stephen Crofts (31), of Grange View Road, Kimberworth, chased and punched the man while out with his colleague in Sheffield City Centre.

Ms Caroline Abraham, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court last Friday that Crofts had been outside Dempsey’s Bar on The Moor in Sheffield in the early hours of February 29 last year.

Daniel Tinkler, who had also been waiting outside Dempsey’s, had been arguing with door staff when a friend of Crofts told him the security were just doing their job.

Tinkler punched Crofts’ friend in the face and when Crofts told him not to do that he pushed Crofts to the ground, Ms Abraham said.

Crofts, who had been drinking, chased after Tinkler and punched him, which caused him to fall to the floor.


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Tinkler suffered a wound to his left eyebrow, a wound to the top of his scalp and swelling to the left side of his face, Ms Abraham said.

Tinkler (33), of Bellhouse Road, Shiregreen, Sheffield, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court last Friday (12) to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, after admitting affray.

Crofts admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and was sentenced at a hearing shortly after Tinkler.

He had no previous convictions and was described in court as being of exemplary character.

Mitigating, Mr James Baird said Crofts was a hard-working man who had set up a very successful business which employed a number of people.

“He feels a real sense of shame and remorse because he let himself and others down,” he said.

“The fact that his friend was punched and the fact he was pushed to the floor by the complainant — these are the matters which contributed to this young man acting out of character, chasing the complainant a short distance and punching him.”

Judge Sarah Wright fined Crofts £1,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £425 after hearing that he would not benefit from probation.

She said: “You acted completely inappropriately when you saw your friend assaulted.

“You are of previous exemplary character.

“You’re clearly a hard-working, well-regarded young man and you felt appropriate shame and remorse.

“I am entirely satisfied that we will not see you before this court again.”