A NEW Forest labourer has been ordered to pay £400 compensation to two doormen at a Lymington pub after he twice tried to punch one and hurled racist remarks at the other.

The late night incident at the Kings Arms happened after doorman Ian Haughton saw drunken Richard Voller – who he knew – approach.

Without warning, Voller swung a punch but the doorman ducked and told him that he was not being allowed in.

Prosecutor Roderick Balin said that Voller then swore at Mr Haughton’s colleague Johnson Babayomi before throwing a second punch at Mr Haughton, which also missed.

Voller was then forced to the ground and restrained until the police arrived.

He continued to struggle but after being handcuffed asked: “What have I done?”

Voller, 23, of Deanside Copse, Lymington, admitted common assault and racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour. Said to have 13 previous convictions, he was spared an immediate prison sentence after Recorder Andrew Langdon QC heard he had obtained work since the incident.

He received a nine-month suspended jail term coupled with 18 months’ supervision. He must also pay Mr Haughton £100 and Mr Babayomi £300 compensation, as well as a £100 victim surcharge.