A mum has been jailed for mauling two bouncers during a drunken brawl in Wave Bar… and then returning to the venue to hurl a vodka bottle through the front window.
Doormen were forced to intervene when Evonne McCleary, 41 became embroiled in a bust up over spilt drinks.
But as the mum-of-two, described as a devout Christian and regular churchgoer, was asked to leave she punched and scratched the door staff, before sinking her teeth into one of the men’s arms and claiming that she had AIDS.
A court heard how she was eventually ejected and arrested. But after being bailed she returned to the Portland Street premises and hurled a bottle of vodka through the front window.
Manchester magistrates was told that McCleary had recently converted to Christianity and had joined a local church.
But she wept in the dock and begged: “No, don’t do this to me, please” as as she was jailed for 18 weeks and ordered to pay each of the bouncers £100 compensation after she admitted charges of racially aggravated common assault and criminal damage.
The incident occurred on March 30 after McCleary, from Woodlake Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy had spent the afternoon drinking with friends. Trouble began at 6pm when she was drinking at the bar when one friend accidentally tipped over a table causing drinks to go all over her.
An argument broke out between the group and the two doormen – Mohamed Delgado and Usman Iqbal – went over to defuse the situation.
Tess Kenyon prosecuting said: “Mr Delgado explained that he heard shouting and screaming coming from the front of the bar, and he saw a table flip, he didn’t get to see how this argument started but he didn’t want the situation to get more out of control.
“He asked her to calm down and leave the bar area. But she said she wasn’t going anywhere and started to shout and scream at him and called him a n****r. He tried again to get her to leave and move away from the rest of the public but she then swung a fist and punched him to the left side of the face.
“He tried to explain that she had to leave the premises but both men came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was to restrain her to stop her from causing more harm. As they were trying to restrain her she was still shouting and screaming. She told them “I am pregnant and I have AIDs’’ and tried to bite them both.
‘’She bit Mr Delgado hard on the forearm and tried to bite him again. She continued to call them both n****rs. Mr Delgado explained that he had a bite mark on his left arm and his face was scarred. He knew that working as a doorman, he would expect to see violence, but not from a woman. He has not suffered any psychological problems, but he has redness on his arm from the bite.
“He explained that he was trying to stop her from going out of control and trying to stop her from harming anyone else at the bar. He didn’t seek any medical advice. Mr Iqbal was working alongside Mr Delgado and also attempted to calm Mrs McCleary down. He said he felt uncomfortable because this was the first time he had been involved in a situation like this. He just wanted to get her out of the bar without any problems.
“He said she just continued shouting and screaming. He said he got concerned when she started to tell them that she had AIDS. When she bit him, it really made him think that she might be correct and he wanted to get himself a blood test to see if she had infected him.
“She kept saying “Take your hands off me you n****rs.” She also said: “I know some people who are going to get you, you shouldn’t be in this country.” He was getting increasingly concerned about the AIDS comment. He has now made an appointment with his doctor to get a HIV test to see if he has AIDS. He has bite marks on his forearm too.
“He explained that she would not be removed easily and at one point they all ended up on the floor. Miss McCleary later said she had been drinking in the bar with friends when one friend tipped the table causing the drinks to go all over her. She explained in her police interview that she wanted to get her bag and leave. She denied that she said any racial comments and denied the assault.
“However, upon listening to the CCTV and audio from the bar, she knew it was her and officers said she was shocked and looked deeply ashamed. She blushed and she was embarrassed. She was very apologetic.”
The court heard McCleary was placed on bail with the condition not to go near the Wave Bar, however, she broke this condition by approaching the bar when it was closed and threw a bottle of vodka through the front window, smashing it and causing £500 worth of damage.
In mitigation McCleary’s lawyer Avisha Gulhati said her client had a number of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder.
He added: “Her realisation at the horror of what she had done made her think about what she is capable of when under the influence of alcohol. She is disgusted with herself and no longer drinks. She feels the only reason why she acts in this way is because she is drunk – she is doing all she can to help herself get out of the situation she is in.
“She has joined a church and converted to Christianity a year ago. She now voluntarily works in their cafe. She is fully supported by the members of her church. She believes that she reacted badly to what happened and didn’t intend to cause the harm that she did.”
McCleary was also ordered to pay £500 compensation for the damage caused to the bar.
Justice of the Peace Sheila Margaret Levell told her: “The details of these two assaults are very serious. You attacked people who were doing their duty. This was a nasty assault and a serious offence and will not be treated lightly.”