Drinker punched doorman in King’s Lynn nightspot

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A man was seen drinking alcohol in Lynn’s court building before facing magistrates accused of punching a nightclub doorman.

Valdas Baika, 31, vowed to return to his native Lithuania to seek help for his drinking after pleading guilty to assault during a hearing yesterday.

The bench were initially asked to assess his fitness to plead after court staff informed them he had been observed drinking in the building.

However, Baika, who spoke through an interpreter, told them: “I’m guilty, but I don’t remember much.

“I’m happy in this country and I don’t want to do it again. I will leave this town.”

Earlier, Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said the incident had happened in the N-Joy nightclub in Norfolk Street, where Baika had been drinking with a friend, during the early hours of March 23.

He said doorman Cameron Wagg had pushed Baika away when he saw him grab another man by the throat. Baika then punched him in the face, causing a black eye and a bruised eye socket.

Other doorstaff then intervened to remove Baika from the premises before he was arrested.

When interviewed, Baika said he didn’t remember much of the evening but expressed remorse for what happened, telling police he couldn’t believe he had behaved in such a way.

Magistrates fined him £100 and told him to pay £100 compensation to Mr Wagg, plus £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was also made the subject of a 12 month exclusion order, banning him from entering the premises.