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Drunken student breaks female bouncer's hip with flying kick outside Cuban bar in Canterbury

A female bouncer's hip was broken by a flying kick by a drunken student who had been thrown out of a club for fighting, a court was told.

Security superviser Linda Dubsky, 24, has described the instant crack and pain from the blow outside the Cuban Bar in Canterbury.

Ali Ketbi, 20, had resumed his punch-up with a friend in Guildhall Street and then caught Ms Dubsky with a misdirected flying kick.

Linda Dubsky was caught by a flying kick
Linda Dubsky was caught by a flying kick

She came face-to-face with her attacker in court this week.

In a poignant and eloquent witness statement, which was translated and read to Ketbi in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court, she said: “As soon as you hurt me, my eyes shut and I heard a sickening snap in my left hip before I even fell to the ground.

“When I hit the floor I had a sudden rush of fear, I couldn't move and all I could feel was pain in my lower back running all the way down my left leg.

“I couldn't describe to you how terrifying the pain was even if I tried. I wish you knew how scared I was laying on the floor seeing my leg in a position it shouldn't be in and not knowing what to do.

“I just remember looking up at the sky crying with heavy snow and rain pouring on top of me for over an hour. I was so cold.”

Ali Ketbi had been thrown out of the Cuban Bar for fighting
Ali Ketbi had been thrown out of the Cuban Bar for fighting

Ketbi, who is from the United Arab Emirates and is studying engineering in Cardiff, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was ordered to pay his victim £3,000.

He was also given an 18-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered to wear an electronic tag for six months and do 240 hours of unpaid work.

Ms Dubsky, from Dover, spent four days in hospital after the attack in February and is still suffering from pain from the life-changing injury.

Prosecutor Frances Lawson told how Ketbi, described by a friend as “a strict Muslim”, had been binge-drinking in the Canterbury Club.

Linda Dubsky described her unbearable pain in an impact statement
Linda Dubsky described her unbearable pain in an impact statement

“The defendant was with two others and was asked to leave after an altercation.

"After the bar was closing, security staff became aware of an incident in Guildhall Street involving the defendant and his two friends who were still fighting.”

The prosecutor added that one of Ms Dubsky’s colleagues subdued Ketbi and asked him to calm down. As he released his grip, the student launched his flying kick, the court heard.

Carl Harris, Ketbi’s landlord in Cardiff, told the court that the student is sponsored by Emirates Airlines.

He added: “He is a very strict Muslim and normally never drinks or goes out. He is a very shy boy and given the chance he would have apologised for what he did in a heartbeat.”

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