THIS is the shocking moment a bar manager was throttled by a chef at their Christmas party.
Molly Phillips, 24, passed out after being grabbed round her neck by Nathan Webb. She was checked in hospital for a suspected stroke — and had no memory of what had happened until she saw CCTV footage of herself being choked by the burly American football player, 33.
Ms Phillips has now won her case for unfair dismissal.
She resigned from her job at the Cameo Club in Cardiff, claiming she felt unsafe and unhappy at how bosses dealt with her concerns.
‘It wasn’t until I watched the CCTV properly that I realised what had happened,’ she told an employment tribunal in Cardiff.
‘Nathan Webb puts his arms around my neck, pulls it tighter with his fists clenched, and despite my trying to push him off me, he doesn’t let go.
‘I then pass out in his arms, he then drops me and I smash my head against a fridge, and he is laughing.’
The next day she went to hospital after sending her mum a photo of her sloping mouth. She was told it was ‘caused by lack of oxygen or nerve damage’. She still cannot smile properly.
She told Jason Pearce, a director of Pontcanna Pub Company, about the incident days later. But she claimed he responded by joking with Mr Webb: ‘All right buddy? Hear you’ve been choking girls lately.’ Despite telling another director, Huw Davies, no action was taken.
In March, Ms Phillips went to police. She quit in May while the chef remains at the club, the tribunal heard.
Judge Alison Frazer ruled Ms Phillips ‘was constructively unfairly dismissed’. She said: ‘The CCTV evidence showed Mr Webb had her in a hold which caused her to fall to the floor.’ She said Mr Davies had told Ms Phillips to ‘get over it’.
Mr Davies said: ‘At every stage we met with Molly and asked her what she wanted us to do. However, Molly was insistent she didn’t want us to take action against Nathan.’
Ms Phillips now has to negotiate for compensation. Police said inquiries were ongoing.