Club boss jailed for fraud and assault
JASON Ranford has been disassociated from the Brunel Rooms after being jailed for six months for two counts of fraud and two counts of common assault.
At Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Ranford, 27, was sentenced to five months in prison for fraud while on a suspended sentence for common assault committed in February 2012.
Ranford, who was director at the club, pleaded not guilty to a new charge of common assault, which he was accused of committing on Sunday morning outside the town centre club.
But after hearing his sentence for the fraud charge, Ranford changed his plea to guilty, and chairman of the bench Roger Williams handed him an additional month behind bars.
At around 2am on October 4, Ranford assaulted clubber Adam Morrison after he had been ejected from the premises and was being handled by the bouncers on duty.
Nick Barr, for the prosecution, said: “The allegation is the defendant had gone outside the club where he works, where Mr Morrison had been ejected by security staff.
“The defendant gratuitously assaults the victim with repeated punches and stamps on him.
“The victim was being dealt with by licenced security staff before the defendant decides to take it upon himself to become involved.
“The whole incident is captured on CCTV outside the club.”
Yesterday, a statement was posted on the Brunel Rooms Swindon Facebook page, which read: “In light of recent events, we feel it appropriate to release the following statement.
“Mr Jason Ranford will have no future involvement with the operation of the Brunel Rooms.
“It should also be clarified that although Mr Ranford’s job title was Director, he had given no financial backing to the initiation of Brunel Rooms Ltd or its general operation.
“The company will continue to be licensed to and managed by Nathan Hatter, General Manager, with Paula Harris remaining as the sole Managing Director.”
- Co-owner of the club, Helene Simpkins, has asked us to point out that Jason Ranford was not a director of the Brunel Rooms and he did not invest any money into the club whatsoever. She added: “We have had a lot of people contacting the club asking if we are closing down and we have assured them that is not the case.
“Jason was assistant manager to Nathan and helped us reopen the club.
“The money we used to open the club was ours.
“He was never a director and he wasn’t involved in putting money up for the club.
“We are sorry about what has happened to him but all that was long before we opened the Brunel Rooms.”