Accused's relief over verdict

AN IPSWICH man has spoken of his relief after a jury found him not guilty of an attack where he was accused of butting another man in the face and standing on his hand.

AN IPSWICH man has spoken of his relief after a jury found him not guilty of an attack where he was accused of butting another man in the face and standing on his hand.

Andrew Marsh, 34, of Virginia Street, Ipswich, said he was “over the moon” with the verdict on the charge he denied from September 28 last year.

The father had been accused of carrying out a violent assault on Keith Abery after it was said Mr Abery had reprimanded his daughter for disturbing their dogs.

Ipswich Crown Court heard during the trial that Mr Abery had been at his home in Jamestown Boulevard with his wife and three dogs when they were disturbed by children banging on their garden gate and making the dogs bark by putting their fingers under the gate.

Mrs Abery was said to be concerned the children would get their fingers bitten and Mr Abery had told them to stop banging on the gate and to “clear off”.

The court heard that shortly afterwards a row broke out between Mr Marsh and Mr Abery where the assault was alleged to have happned.

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A jury returned their not guilty verdict to a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after three hours and 35 minutes of deliberations.

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