Drunk Highbury city worker who claimed he was related to the Queen fined for bouncer attack
PUBLISHED: 07:42 15 October 2013
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Financial analyst David Reynolds attacked Arza Draey after he was thrown out of an exclusive London hotel following a row over a £500 bar bill.
Reynolds, 31, of Highbury Place, had been drinking for three hours at the Berkley Hotel in Knightsbridge in December last year when his credit card was rejected.
City of London Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday how two bouncers were called over to Reynolds when he began playing up.
Cleuber Martins, one of the bouncers, said: “‘The defendant was talking in French. He was shouting some bad swear words, calling everyone a c***, claiming to be related to the Royal family, saying we were all going to lose our jobs.
“He kept saying “you deserve it, you’re all c***s, I’m related to the Queen”.”
The court heard how the two bouncers then threw Reynolds out of the hotel at which point he launched an attack on one of them.
Mr Draery said: “I was a couple of feet away and Reynolds kept coming back and forth calling the doormen names and calling me a c*** - all kinds of swear words.
“My hands were behind my back and then he hit me. It was a punch, he punched me in the face in my nose with a closed fist.
“It was hard enough to break my nose - I got several fractures.”
Reynolds was held by the two bouncers until police arrived and arrested him.
He was charged with assault by beating and subsequently convicted of the charge.
Reynolds was ordered to pay a fine of £1,500, victim compensation of £1,000, costs of £600 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.