The tour manager for comedian Alan Carr was seriously assaulted outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool city centre after he attempted to stop fans taking photos of Mr Carr.
Late night attack
Jaleel Burman assaulted Elliot Andrews after ushering him outside the McDonald’s restaurant at around 4am on 20 September last year. Burman punched Mr Andrews in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and he suffered a fractured ankle.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how Mr Andrews was becoming increasingly nervous and concerned about his client becoming ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of fans wanting to take a photo with the star, who was visiting the city as part of his UK tour.
A number of intoxicated people were hassling Mr Carr and were told to ‘stop it’ by members of his entourage.
The court heard it was then that Mr Andrews was steered outside by Burman, who was assisted by a young woman.
In what prosecutors called an unprovoked attack, Burman punched Mr Andrews, leaving him with facial injuries and a broken ankle, for which Mr Andrews received hospital treatment. Mr Andrews is said to be somewhat traumatised by the attack.
When interviewed by police, Burman admitted hurling himself at Mr Andrews in ‘the heat of the moment’.
Rob Jones, prosecuting, said:
‘Mr Andrews was a little bit excited by his client Mr Carr being overwhelmed by people wanting to take photos of him.
‘The defendant’s actions were way over the top, particularly after he escorted Mr Andrews out of the building.’
Judge Denis Watson, who ordered a pre-sentence report on Burman, told him:
‘I’m told the CCTV is going to be very informative. All sentencing options will be open, including an immediate custodial sentence.’
Burman, of Wavertree, Liverpool, admitted causing grievous bodily harm at Liverpool Crown Court and was released on unconditional bail. He could face jail when he is sentenced in March.
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Source: Mail Online