Police officer based in Brent is fined for racist attack on nightclub doorman
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A police officer based in Brent who punched a nightclub doorman and told him to ‘go back to where he came from’ has walked free from court.
PC James Balneaves was fined £750, ordered to pay £600 compensation, £75 victim’s surcharge and £85 court costs after he admitted racially aggravated common assault.
Westminster Magistrates Court heard the 29-year-old launched his attack after he was refused entry into Opal Bar nightclub in Embankment on October 19 last year by staff who felt he was too drunk.
A woman with him was also turned away.
Balneaves flashed his warrant card and demanded to see the club’s manager but when he was refused he punched the doorman.
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The officer, who has received two awards for bravery, resigned after admitting the charge.
He was sentenced on December 23.
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