Two Aberdare nightclub door supervisors have been sentenced following a brutal attack on a customer over the August Bank Holiday weekend last year.

On 18 August 2020, Robert Picton, from Barry, and Gregory Cuthbert, from Caerphilly, pleaded guilty at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court to assaulting a 21-year old man at the Judges & Jurys nightclub in Aberdare.

Both men were Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed door supervisors at the time of the attack.

On 02 October 2020, Picton was jailed for one year and was required to pay a victim surcharge of £149. Cuthbert was handed an 18-month suspended sentence and is required to carry out 200 hours community service before 01 October 2021. He was also required to pay £375 court costs and a victim surcharge of £149.

The SIA suspended both men’s licences on 06 September 2019 following an investigation by South Wales Police and prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The two men were on duty on the night of Monday 26 August, which was a bank holiday. They escorted a 21-year old man off the dance floor and took him down an internal staircase where they assaulted him. The man suffered a fractured eye socket, as well as cuts and bruises.

Ronnie Megaughin, the SIA’s Head of Compliance and Inspections, said:

“We are pleased to have worked with our enforcement partner, South Wales Police, in securing these convictions. The licensing regime is in place to keep the public safe. On this occasion two violent men were prosecuted and are now serving their sentences. They now also have criminal records. Picton and Cuthbert’s licences were suspended and they have now expired.”