Bushey man, Nicholas Skutela, given suspended sentence and unpaid work for punching man at Area nightclub, Watford

Watford Observer: Suspended sentence and unpaid work for attack that broke jaw Suspended sentence and unpaid work for attack that broke jaw

Nicholas Skutela broke the jaw of a man in a Watford night club after accusing him of "grassing" his group to door staff.

He confronted victim Jake Emberton in the smoking area at Area nightclub and accused him of staring at his friend Joe Franklin, saying that if he continued he would: "Beat the s... out of him."

Mr Emberton, who vaguely knew Mr Franklin, told the door staff who advised him to keep away from Skutela's group, St Albans Crown Court heard today.

But he ignored their advice and went over to Skutela's group to make peace.

Skutela, who had seen him talking to the bouncers, accused Emberton of being a "grass" and delivered a forceful punch to his face. He suffered a fractured jaw, which did not require surgery, but was extremely painful.

Skutela, 26, of Scottswood Road, Bushey, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm in the club September 8, 2012. He had a previous reprimand for assault.

Defence barrister, Nicola Cafferkey gave the judge a letter from a stroke victim whose own son has died. It set out how Skutela helps the man.

She said Skutela was training to be a doorman and had suffered a knee injury when he was assaulted himself in May last year. She said he works as a labourer three days a week, earning £50 a day, and lives with his parents.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "This is a case that crosses the custody threshold, but I am satisfied you are a young man who has a great deal of potential."

He said the provocation for the assault had been slight, but Mr Emberton should have taken the advice of the door staff and kept away from Skutela's group.

He passed a six month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work. He must also pay £1,750 compensation to Mr Emberton and £1,250 costs at the rate of £35 a week.

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7:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

stewbyhorn says...

Great, lives at home with mummy and daddy earns £150 a week and can afford to go clubbing!
Great, lives at home with mummy and daddy earns £150 a week and can afford to go clubbing! stewbyhorn
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

pepsiman says...

£3k a punch, muppet
£3k a punch, muppet pepsiman
  • Score: -5

8:37pm Fri 10 Jan 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Two cases recently in Wobby where an immediate jail sentence seemed a likely outcome. The judge has guidelines, maybe one of them should be a sentence suspended for much longer. 12 months will fly by but 60 months keeps him thinking he needs to keep his hands by his side.

Perverting the course of justice carries an immediate jail term except in rare circumstances, but breaking someone's jaw a suspended sentence - not comfortable with that.
Two cases recently in Wobby where an immediate jail sentence seemed a likely outcome. The judge has guidelines, maybe one of them should be a sentence suspended for much longer. 12 months will fly by but 60 months keeps him thinking he needs to keep his hands by his side. Perverting the course of justice carries an immediate jail term except in rare circumstances, but breaking someone's jaw a suspended sentence - not comfortable with that. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 3

10:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hairy Hornet says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Two cases recently in Wobby where an immediate jail sentence seemed a likely outcome. The judge has guidelines, maybe one of them should be a sentence suspended for much longer. 12 months will fly by but 60 months keeps him thinking he needs to keep his hands by his side.

Perverting the course of justice carries an immediate jail term except in rare circumstances, but breaking someone's jaw a suspended sentence - not comfortable with that.
He was lucky to avoid an immediate custodial sentence.

As you say the sentencing Judge is bound by sentencing legislation. In this case the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 ,whereby a custodial sentence of 6 months can only be suspended for a maximum of 2 years.

As I understand it.
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Two cases recently in Wobby where an immediate jail sentence seemed a likely outcome. The judge has guidelines, maybe one of them should be a sentence suspended for much longer. 12 months will fly by but 60 months keeps him thinking he needs to keep his hands by his side. Perverting the course of justice carries an immediate jail term except in rare circumstances, but breaking someone's jaw a suspended sentence - not comfortable with that.[/p][/quote]He was lucky to avoid an immediate custodial sentence. As you say the sentencing Judge is bound by sentencing legislation. In this case the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 ,whereby a custodial sentence of 6 months can only be suspended for a maximum of 2 years. As I understand it. Hairy Hornet
  • Score: -4

10:37pm Fri 10 Jan 14

LSC says...

It says he was training to be a doorman himself. On no account should he ever be allowed to be one. Too quick with his fists and sees communication with security staff as 'grassing'. He would be glad that people do if he ever made the grade himself.
It says he was training to be a doorman himself. On no account should he ever be allowed to be one. Too quick with his fists and sees communication with security staff as 'grassing'. He would be glad that people do if he ever made the grade himself. LSC
  • Score: 5

12:32am Sat 11 Jan 14

Honest Rog says...

Seems like this individual has wrapped himself in the violence culture: Previous "reprimand" for assault. Training to become a doorman? Surely M'Lord could see the direction this guy's life is going. Right conviction. Wrong sentence.
Seems like this individual has wrapped himself in the violence culture: Previous "reprimand" for assault. Training to become a doorman? Surely M'Lord could see the direction this guy's life is going. Right conviction. Wrong sentence. Honest Rog
  • Score: 1

11:16am Sat 11 Jan 14

lovestospouge says...

Nick was arrested at 14 or 15 for hitting a school bully several times, he wasn't bullied anymore, shouldn't have been reprimanded for that, I was taught to stand up to bully’s now we are expected to just take bullying and physical violence at school.

The guy in the club was a loud mouth bully and was trying to bully Nick, Nick hit him once in the face and his jaw broke, he got what he deserved for the punch as did the bully, how can you lock someone up for that?

Nick suffered a permanent knee injury when he was set upon by an African born policeman in 2013, the policeman has been moved from the area and now Nick is due to receive over 100K in compensation through the courts latter this year, maybe early 2015, the policeman who assaulted Nick has been disciplined several times but still works as a policeman, the Watford Observer should be reporting that, there is a video as Nick secretly recorded the beating, the video is with Nicks solicitor, Nick wasn’t arrested that day but was still summoned to court? The judge throughout the case after an hour because the lies the policeman made up, as soon as the judge saw the video the case ended, I think latter this year could become very interesting for “Dr Nick” as we call him.

This is not made up this isn’t rubbish I’ve known Nick for over 20 years, trouble comes his way because he has tattoos and arms like Hulk Hogan, so the girls love him and the guys hate him for it.
Nick was arrested at 14 or 15 for hitting a school bully several times, he wasn't bullied anymore, shouldn't have been reprimanded for that, I was taught to stand up to bully’s now we are expected to just take bullying and physical violence at school. The guy in the club was a loud mouth bully and was trying to bully Nick, Nick hit him once in the face and his jaw broke, he got what he deserved for the punch as did the bully, how can you lock someone up for that? Nick suffered a permanent knee injury when he was set upon by an African born policeman in 2013, the policeman has been moved from the area and now Nick is due to receive over 100K in compensation through the courts latter this year, maybe early 2015, the policeman who assaulted Nick has been disciplined several times but still works as a policeman, the Watford Observer should be reporting that, there is a video as Nick secretly recorded the beating, the video is with Nicks solicitor, Nick wasn’t arrested that day but was still summoned to court? The judge throughout the case after an hour because the lies the policeman made up, as soon as the judge saw the video the case ended, I think latter this year could become very interesting for “Dr Nick” as we call him. This is not made up this isn’t rubbish I’ve known Nick for over 20 years, trouble comes his way because he has tattoos and arms like Hulk Hogan, so the girls love him and the guys hate him for it. lovestospouge
  • Score: -1

11:57am Sat 11 Jan 14

EU_OUT_NOW says...

Sounds like this guy has issues that need addressing. We all have difficulties to face in life but we don't all attract attention the way this guy deliberately does and will continue to! Nor do we all respond so quickly with fists! A Bouncer??? Totally unsuitable to manage the public.
Sounds like this guy has issues that need addressing. We all have difficulties to face in life but we don't all attract attention the way this guy deliberately does and will continue to! Nor do we all respond so quickly with fists! A Bouncer??? Totally unsuitable to manage the public. EU_OUT_NOW
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

LSC says...

lovestospouge wrote:
Nick was arrested at 14 or 15 for hitting a school bully several times, he wasn't bullied anymore, shouldn't have been reprimanded for that, I was taught to stand up to bully’s now we are expected to just take bullying and physical violence at school.

The guy in the club was a loud mouth bully and was trying to bully Nick, Nick hit him once in the face and his jaw broke, he got what he deserved for the punch as did the bully, how can you lock someone up for that?

Nick suffered a permanent knee injury when he was set upon by an African born policeman in 2013, the policeman has been moved from the area and now Nick is due to receive over 100K in compensation through the courts latter this year, maybe early 2015, the policeman who assaulted Nick has been disciplined several times but still works as a policeman, the Watford Observer should be reporting that, there is a video as Nick secretly recorded the beating, the video is with Nicks solicitor, Nick wasn’t arrested that day but was still summoned to court? The judge throughout the case after an hour because the lies the policeman made up, as soon as the judge saw the video the case ended, I think latter this year could become very interesting for “Dr Nick” as we call him.

This is not made up this isn’t rubbish I’ve known Nick for over 20 years, trouble comes his way because he has tattoos and arms like Hulk Hogan, so the girls love him and the guys hate him for it.
An African born policeman? What the crivens has his place of birth got to do with anything?
And you say 'Nick' managed to film himself getting beaten up, secretly. How does that work? Surely he would use his hands to defend himself, not conceal a phone? Doesn't sound like much of a beating if you can be Director and Cameraman at the same time as getting a punch in the gob.
Most people would have other matters on their mind.
[quote][p][bold]lovestospouge[/bold] wrote: Nick was arrested at 14 or 15 for hitting a school bully several times, he wasn't bullied anymore, shouldn't have been reprimanded for that, I was taught to stand up to bully’s now we are expected to just take bullying and physical violence at school. The guy in the club was a loud mouth bully and was trying to bully Nick, Nick hit him once in the face and his jaw broke, he got what he deserved for the punch as did the bully, how can you lock someone up for that? Nick suffered a permanent knee injury when he was set upon by an African born policeman in 2013, the policeman has been moved from the area and now Nick is due to receive over 100K in compensation through the courts latter this year, maybe early 2015, the policeman who assaulted Nick has been disciplined several times but still works as a policeman, the Watford Observer should be reporting that, there is a video as Nick secretly recorded the beating, the video is with Nicks solicitor, Nick wasn’t arrested that day but was still summoned to court? The judge throughout the case after an hour because the lies the policeman made up, as soon as the judge saw the video the case ended, I think latter this year could become very interesting for “Dr Nick” as we call him. This is not made up this isn’t rubbish I’ve known Nick for over 20 years, trouble comes his way because he has tattoos and arms like Hulk Hogan, so the girls love him and the guys hate him for it.[/p][/quote]An African born policeman? What the crivens has his place of birth got to do with anything? And you say 'Nick' managed to film himself getting beaten up, secretly. How does that work? Surely he would use his hands to defend himself, not conceal a phone? Doesn't sound like much of a beating if you can be Director and Cameraman at the same time as getting a punch in the gob. Most people would have other matters on their mind. LSC
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Sat 11 Jan 14

lovestospouge says...

His place of birth doesn't mean anything, we'll he couldn't speak very good English, he beat someone up on camera, and forgot to arrest him for anything before summonsing him to court for no actual reason, but apart from that I'm sure his place of birth means nothing when you are upholding our country's laws, i've been thinking about becoming a policeman in China, the pays good and i've been learning there language for a few years so why not.

He placed his iphone in a good location in his car and filmed the beating, Nick has a permanent injury to his knee which requires reconstructive surgery, he now walks with a slight limp, he's 25 (not 26).

Don't worry it will be on youtube after his payout.
His place of birth doesn't mean anything, we'll he couldn't speak very good English, he beat someone up on camera, and forgot to arrest him for anything before summonsing him to court for no actual reason, but apart from that I'm sure his place of birth means nothing when you are upholding our country's laws, i've been thinking about becoming a policeman in China, the pays good and i've been learning there language for a few years so why not. He placed his iphone in a good location in his car and filmed the beating, Nick has a permanent injury to his knee which requires reconstructive surgery, he now walks with a slight limp, he's 25 (not 26). Don't worry it will be on youtube after his payout. lovestospouge
  • Score: -1

5:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

LSC says...

lovestospouge wrote:
His place of birth doesn't mean anything, we'll he couldn't speak very good English, he beat someone up on camera, and forgot to arrest him for anything before summonsing him to court for no actual reason, but apart from that I'm sure his place of birth means nothing when you are upholding our country's laws, i've been thinking about becoming a policeman in China, the pays good and i've been learning there language for a few years so why not.

He placed his iphone in a good location in his car and filmed the beating, Nick has a permanent injury to his knee which requires reconstructive surgery, he now walks with a slight limp, he's 25 (not 26).

Don't worry it will be on youtube after his payout.
I hope your Chinese is better than your English.
Why would someone place an iphone in a 'good position' in his car to film a beating before it happened?
Surely, if he was stopped by the police, it might to have been to advise him a tail-light wasn't working, wish him good evening and send him on his way? That is all I get stopped for by the police these days.
Who in their right mind would want to film that?

Unless of course, they were expecting trouble. And who would expect trouble with a random police officer unless they intended to start it?

I don't know about others on here, but if I see blue lights pulling me over, I think 'was I speeding?', 'do I have any ID on me?', 'Has something fallen off my car?'

Not 'Quick! Set up the camera in case I get my head kicked in'.

Strange outlook on life.
[quote][p][bold]lovestospouge[/bold] wrote: His place of birth doesn't mean anything, we'll he couldn't speak very good English, he beat someone up on camera, and forgot to arrest him for anything before summonsing him to court for no actual reason, but apart from that I'm sure his place of birth means nothing when you are upholding our country's laws, i've been thinking about becoming a policeman in China, the pays good and i've been learning there language for a few years so why not. He placed his iphone in a good location in his car and filmed the beating, Nick has a permanent injury to his knee which requires reconstructive surgery, he now walks with a slight limp, he's 25 (not 26). Don't worry it will be on youtube after his payout.[/p][/quote]I hope your Chinese is better than your English. Why would someone place an iphone in a 'good position' in his car to film a beating before it happened? Surely, if he was stopped by the police, it might to have been to advise him a tail-light wasn't working, wish him good evening and send him on his way? That is all I get stopped for by the police these days. Who in their right mind would want to film that? Unless of course, they were expecting trouble. And who would expect trouble with a random police officer unless they intended to start it? I don't know about others on here, but if I see blue lights pulling me over, I think 'was I speeding?', 'do I have any ID on me?', 'Has something fallen off my car?' Not 'Quick! Set up the camera in case I get my head kicked in'. Strange outlook on life. LSC
  • Score: 4

11:04am Mon 13 Jan 14

garston tony says...

What does what allegedly happened to him previously have to do with this incident?

Even if we are to believe your version of events that this chap felt 'bullied' that is no excuse for throwing a punch. But your claim doesnt sit well with the fact that he approached his victim and threatened him with violence, a threat he soon carried out. Thats the actions of someone who is a bully themselves, not someone being bullied.

And someone who wants to be a bouncer is going to face far worse than people looking at their mate or being aggressive and if this is the way he reacts he shouldnt be anywhere near that profession.
What does what allegedly happened to him previously have to do with this incident? Even if we are to believe your version of events that this chap felt 'bullied' that is no excuse for throwing a punch. But your claim doesnt sit well with the fact that he approached his victim and threatened him with violence, a threat he soon carried out. Thats the actions of someone who is a bully themselves, not someone being bullied. And someone who wants to be a bouncer is going to face far worse than people looking at their mate or being aggressive and if this is the way he reacts he shouldnt be anywhere near that profession. garston tony
  • Score: 0

11:07am Mon 13 Jan 14

garston tony says...

I do also find it strange that the WO wouldnt have published an article about a policeman assaulting someone who is then in line for 100K of compensation.

Thats national news let alone local stuff and they would have been over that like a rash
I do also find it strange that the WO wouldnt have published an article about a policeman assaulting someone who is then in line for 100K of compensation. Thats national news let alone local stuff and they would have been over that like a rash garston tony
  • Score: 0

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