Rasen man jailed after club assault

A man from Market Rasen has been jailed for five months after a nightclub assault which left his victim with a number of facial injuries.

Wayne Elkington, 31, of The Furlongs, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court facing charges of actual bodily harm and assault on Matthew Cheavins and Charlotte Bennett.

Elkington pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on June 3 last year at the Home nightclub in Lincoln.

The court heard how Mr Cheavins and Miss Bennett had been at a wedding reception that evening and wanted to continue their night in Lincoln city centre.

After arriving at the Home nightclub and waiting at the bar for a drink, Mr Cheavins noticed Elkington and said “Alright mate, long time no see.”

Mr Cheavins told police that after turning away he was then punched in the mouth but did not know who by.

Miss Bennett identified his attacker as Elkington and went over to remonstrate with him by grabbing his arm and asking why he had just done that.

She then told police that she was thrown to the ground by Elkington.

In police interview, a serving member of staff at the bar said he saw Elkington punch Mr Cheavins a second time, but that rather than assaulting Miss Bennett he pushed her to one side and she lost her footing.

Elkington was arrested by police and spent the night in a cell.

When he spoke to police the morning after the attack he could not understand why he was in custody and had no recollection of the night before.

He told police he only remembered drinking two Red Bull energy drinks but in his drunken state the night before he told an officer that he had five pints and two vodka and Red Bulls.

After being told about the attack he said “Oh my god. What have I done?”.

Mr Cheavins had cuts on his upper and lower lips after the attack and he needed root canal work on his front teeth which required titanium pins to be inserted behind them.

In mitigation Alastair Munt said: “It was out of character.

“It was not premeditated and he has shown remorse since it occurred but appreciates there is no excuse for his actions.”

Mr Munt added that Elkington had moved back to his parents’ house in Market Rasen and that he wants to become a worthwhile member of the public.

Miss Nirmal Shant QC, presiding, sentenced Elkington to five months imprisonment where he will be made to serve half his term.