Stowmarket: Four cleared over alleged car park assault
11:30 15 February 2013
FOUR people accused of assaulting an off-duty doorman outside a Stowmarket nightspot have been found not guilty.
During the incident in the car park of the Riverside Club, Tony Mitchell, who had been out with his girlfriend and some friends, was allegedly knocked to the ground and surrounded by a group of people who he described as “sticking the boot in”.
Before Ipswich Crown Court were Scott Lorimer, 34, of Meadow Close, Stowmarket, his brother David Lorimer, 22, of The Green, Wattisham, Michael Coulson, 28, of The Causeway, Hitcham, and Roxanne Collins, 23, of Wren Close, Stowmarket.
They all denied assaulting Mr Mitchell causing him actual bodily harm on November 5, 2011, and an allegation of affray.
The jury was directed to find Collins not guilty by the trial judge at the close of the prosecution case and the remaining three defendants were found not guilty by the jury.
Mr Mitchell told the court he had gone outside shortly after midnight to speak to someone about an incident involving one of his friends inside the club and claimed that “all hell had broken out” with a lot of pushing and shoving during which he fell to the ground.
He described being surrounded by a group of people who were kicking and punching him and alleged that someone had stood on his face
After the incident he had gone back inside the club and had been taken to hospital after collapsing and having a fit.