AN OFF-DUTY bouncer battered a man senseless outside a club on his stag night — and then told a pack of lies to get the groom arrested.
Doorman Martin Feehan, 51, knee-dropped and suffocated his victim, leaving him unconscious for six minutes — even punching the man in his oxygen-starved head.
A judge slammed Feehan for his ‘gratuitous degradation’ of Daniel Szafran, after footage of the frenzied 17-minute attack surfaced, and jailed him for 20 months.
Door staff at Funky Monkey in Dover told officers that Mr Szafran had become violent, accusing him of ripping one bouncer’s jacket on October 28, 2018.
But when police reviewed CCTV footage of the bust-up, Feehan could be seen applying a specialist asphyxiation technique that knocked his victim out — risking brain damage.
Instead of alerting medics, Canterbury crown court heard that Feehan continued his assault.
He dragged Mr Szafran into a puddle and threw a glass of water over him, punched his head and knelt on his ribcage.
As footage in the court showed Feehan, surrounded by bouncers, carrying out the attack, prosecutor Caroline Knight said: ‘The victim is offering little to no resistance.’
Mr Szafran was celebrating his stag night when he was ejected from the Bench Street venue shortly after midnight, the court heard.
When the groom tried to negotiate re-entry, Feehan pushed him into metal railings before knee-dropping him to the floor.
The bouncer, who has worked in security for 30 years, then put him in the prone position — also known as positional asphyxia — until he passed out.
Ms Knight said a Kent Police officer ordered Feehan to stop, fearing he would suffocate his victim.
Door staff then told police Mr Szafran had been violent and ripped a bouncer’s jacket, and they arrested him on a criminal-damage charge.
But when the extent of the victim’s injuries emerged, including headaches, blurred vision and bruising all over his body, police reviewed the CCTV footage and arrested Feehan.
Since his security licence was suspended, the defendant had suffered depression, spiralling debt and struggled to leave his home in Dover, the court was told.
Judge Weekes said the Crown Prosecution Service had ‘undercharged’ Feehan by accusing him of actual bodily harm.
He highlighted the ‘risk of death’ and ‘gratuitous degradation’ of Feehan’s attack, and lambasted the thug’s ‘attempts to conceal from the authorities’ as aggravating factors.
Feehan pleaded guilty to ABH before a magistrates’ court last year, and was yesterday behind bars for the assault.