Ex-football coach paedo knocked out man who mocked him in nightclub

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A paedophile nicknamed the "Beast of Bensham" knocked a man out for mocking him in the middle of the dancefloor of a nightclub.

Kane Hutchison, a former football coach who is originally from Gateshead, punched the man to the floor in Tunnel on Lower Briggate, Leeds, in the early hours of Christmas Eve in 2019.

The victim and his group of friends had made remarks about Hutchison's previous convictions, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Jason Burd, a pal of Hutchison's, then attacked the victim and his friend after they were all kicked out of the nightclub, LeedsLive reports.

Hutchison, 31, and Burd, 28, were handed suspended sentences on Wednesday, February 10, after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

Hutchison was captured on CCTV footage suddenly throwing punches at a man, who later said he only remembered "waking up on the dancefloor".

Both groups were kicked out of the club but there was another confrontation outside.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Hutchison's friend Jason Burd attacking the first victim and his friend and Hutchison joining in.

The first victim suffered bruising to both eyes and his nose and a cut to his head and the second victim suffered a fracture to the middle finger on his right hand.

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The court was told Hutchison later apologised to the victims in person and via text and offered to pay them compensation.

In statements, the victims described being afraid to leave their homes after the incident.

Hutchison, of Savoy Court, Bradford Road, Pudsey, Leeds, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

He has 13 previous convictions, most of which are for breaches of football banning orders.

He also has previous convictions for sexual offences, including for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy and inciting other underage boys into sexual activity. The former football coach used his victims' love of football to groom them, ChronicleLive reported.

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Speaking about Hutchison's attack inside the nightclub, probation officer Eme Musgrove said: "The other group were calling him names in regard to his previous convictions but he has heard [that type of abuse] before so does not know why he reacted that way on this occasion."

Rukhshanda Hussain, mitigating for Hutchison, said her client believed a punch had been thrown as well as the insults.

She said he was just trying to "have his co-defendant's back" during the confrontation outside the nightclub but then de-escalated the situation.

She said his apology showed "maturity and contrition".

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The barrister also said Hutchison was born and raised in Gateshead in Tyne and Wear but moved to Leeds to escape "negative influences" and abuse he was getting.

She said he has stopped going out since the incident and will soon be in stable employment and settled accommodation.

Burd, of Manderston Chase, Armley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has no previous convictions, which Recorder Mark McKone said had saved the pair from immediate custodial sentences.

The court was told he is well-thought-of at work and his family and friends had provided character references saying his offending was out of character.

Hutchison was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 15 days of rehabiliation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Burd was handed a 13-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

They were both ordered to pay £500 compensation to the first victim and £500 towards prosecution costs.

Burd was also ordered to pay £750 to the second victim.

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