Sunday 18 February 2018

Hotel manager's 'Basil Fawlty' style attack caught on CCTV

A hotel manager is captured on CCTV slapping a foreign waiter before dragging him across the lobby and throwing him out of the hotel.

Gregg Morgan

Robert Hardman, 54, flew into a rage when a former employee came back into the hotel to claim £800 in past wages after he left his job weeks earlier.

Hardman, who runs the three-star Plough Hotel in Northampton, was captured on CCTV pushing Romanian-born Sorin Paraschiv under the front desk and slapping him around the face and head.

The 50-second clip taken from the hotel's security cameras then shows a female receptionist rushing to the aid of Mr Paraschiv before remonstrating with Hardman and urging him to stop.

Seconds later Hardman is seen dragging the middle-aged man through the hotel lobby by his shirt collar before hurling out of the front doors.

The footage of the attack was released after Hardman pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm at Northampton Crown Court on Monday.

He was spared prison, to allow him to continue working at the hotel, and received a seven month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

Judge Rupert Mayo said it was a "shocking" attack which took place in front of another member of staff.

He said: "After more than 50 years without any problems you lost it. The footage shows you lost it.

"It may well have been somebody who you did not think deserved to take the money but you are a manager of a medium sized hotel and it was humiliating for him.

"This is not the way for an employer to behave."

The court heard the victim may have to have root canal treatment as a result of the injuries.

Staff at the hotel, which on its website describes itself as being "proud of our reputation of friendly accommodating staff" described Hardman as "a real-life Basil Fawlty."

One worker said yesterday (Tue): "Mr Hardman lives up to his name as hard. No one will mess about with him.

"He is a likeable man and can be very funny but when he feels like he has been taken advantage of he can lose it.

"We joke that he is the real life Basil Fawlty because he can get angry with people especially guests and people on the phone but I've never known him to be violent.

"I think on this occasion he just saw the red mist and went mad."

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