Tossed Boss Guilty of Drunken Attack on Nightclub Bouncers
Healthy food chain owner McKevitt blamed 'starvation' diet for fracas in Lots Road
The owner of healthy food chain Tossed, which has a prominent unit in Fulham Broadway, has been ordered to do community service and pay compensation to his victims after a drunken assault on bouncers at local nightclub Embargo Republica.
Vincent McKevitt, 38, who says his chain, which he set up in 2005, aims for "good carbs, lean protein, and getting your five-a-day" blamed a "starvation" diet for the incident on 9 December, 2017.
City of London Magistrates heard that he had to be dragged out of the Lots Road nightclub, on the borders of Fulham and Chelsea.
He lashed out at the security guards as he was ejected, hitting one on the back of the head and leaving another with a black eye.
The Evening Standard reported that McKevitt's lawyer Hector MacLean-Watt told the court: "He admits he was under the influence of alcohol at the time, but his diet is a form of starvation and lowers alcohol tolerance considerably.
"It was an uncivilised and deplorable way to behave and is a salutary lesson. He is remorseful and deeply embarrassed by his behaviour that night."
The court heard that McKevitt had been intending to deny the assault charges but pleaded guilty after seeing damning CCTV footage of the incident.
His lawyer added that when McKevitt saw the video he said: "Gosh, was I that bad?" and said this demonstrated how drunk he was.
Sentencing him to a 12-month community order and 250 hours of community service, magistrate Mena Rego told McKevitt: "This offence was clearly fuelled by alcohol. The offence was aggravated by the fact you were drunk and the victims provide a service to the public."
McKevitt, who lives in a £2 million apartment in West Brompton, was sentenced to a 12 month community order and 250 hours of community service.
He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation to each victim, as well as £735 in court costs and fees.
April 6, 2018