British Celebrity on Trial for Assault During a Stag Party
Dane Leon Bowers, famous for being a member of the boy band Another Level, went on a stag party in Norwich last June 1, 2012. He may have a temper when he’s drunk, but he really isn’t all that bad.
It is customary for stag groups to imbibe a lot of alcohol which inevitably leads to total drunkenness. In fact, free flowing alcohol usually accompanies most stag and hen dos. As many people know, people who are drunk can do crazy things. Though drunkenness is never a legitimate excuse, you can still expect some drunks to misbehave.
Bowers’ Drunken Assault in Norwich
Ten hours before the incident in Norwich, Bowers already rated himself 8 out of 10 on the scale of drunkenness. He was totally aware of his condition if not his violent reaction.
A witness that heard the stand-off heard Bowers being accused of racism. Bowers replied with, “don’t accuse me of being a racist – my dad is black.” The witness saw him grab the guy around the neck and started to throw him around.
Now, Bowers stands trial for three cases. Two of those are for assault charges and one is for harassment. He did plead guilty to the assault charge, but he argued about the part about racism. He would never make such actions based on racial discrimination because his grandfather and father are both Jamaican.
Aside from his heritage, Bowers is also a supporter of the Kick It Out football anti-racism campaign and Sodje Sports Foundation which is a charity that hosts sports programs in Africa.
Stag Nights, Bad Behavior, and Drunkenness
A man’s stag night is usually a night for him to spend time with his closest male friends. When men are together in such groups, it is usually inevitable for them to do without beer or other alcoholic drinks. After all, the fact that the night is supposed to be all about celebrating a man’s last moments of freedom means alcohol should be present.
The problem occurs when men have had too much to drink. Not everyone can hold their drink. There is a saying that alcohol should go to one’s stomach and not one’s head, but not all men can actually do that. Such was the case with Dane Bowers.
Since he pleaded guilty to one count of assault, Bowers was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work. In addition, he was required to pay £1,000 for expenses. If his companions were not that drunk, one or more of them could have stopped that incident from happening.
Bowers’ spokesman said that his client felt bad about the fact that it took months before the court cleared his name. It is not so surprising since his client’s career was affected by the stigma of racism. Now that it’s all over, Bowers can get back to what he does best. His career with the R&B boy band Another Level may have ended years ago, but he continues to be known for being an R&B singer, DJ, record producer, and songwriter.