Pub dispute led to attack - court heard

A GROUP of men kicked and stamped on a man's head after an argument in a Suffolk pub it has been claimed.Shane Pottle was left with multiple bruises to his skull, forehead, back, chest and abdomen after the alleged attack outside the Lake Lothing pub in Lowestoft, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Jane Hunt

A GROUP of men kicked and stamped on a man's head after an argument in a Suffolk pub it has been claimed.

Shane Pottle was left with multiple bruises to his skull, forehead, back, chest and abdomen after the alleged attack outside the Lake Lothing pub in Lowestoft, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Before the court are Shaun Cutler, 24, of Conrad Road, Lowestoft and Lee Faulkner, 24, of Norwich Road, Lowestoft who have denied assaulting Mr Pottle causing him actual bodily harm on February 11 this year.

Joanne Eley, prosecuting, told the court that on the evening in question Mr Pottle had been at the Lake Lothing pub with a friend and had consumed five or six pints of lager.

The two defendants had been attending a party at the pub.

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Mr Pottle was standing at a fruit machine when he was allegedly approached by Cutler who accused him of grabbing a girl's bottom.

There had then been a “ruckus” in the pub and Mr Pottle had gone outside where he recalled being kicked and stamped on.

Miss Eley said a woman who saw Mr Pottle in the pub described him as being “paralytic” and said she saw Cutler approach him in an aggressive manner.

Shortly afterwards there had been a disturbance and when she left the pub she allegedly saw Cutler and two other men kicking Mr Pottle repeatedly while he was on the ground.

She recalled seeing another man trying to protect Mr Pottle and shouting “leave him alone” and “get off him”.

Miss Eley said that a friend of Mr Pottle heard Cutler accuse him of touching his mother inappropriately.

Mr Pottle's friend allegedly saw Cutler punch Mr Pottle in the face causing him to fall to the ground.

Thereafter Faulkner had allegedly joined in the assault on Mr Pottle with Cutler and up to two other men.

“They were kicking and stamping Mr Pottle's head and body while he was on the ground,” said Miss Eley.

She said Mr Pottle's friend had tried to pull him away but Faulkner had allegedly followed and continued the attack.

After their arrests Cutler made no comment to questions put to him by police while Faulkner admitted shouting at Mr Pottle but denied being involved in the attack on him.

The trial continues.

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