Butcher bounces back after trial

A WELL-KNOWN butcher who found himself in court over allegations of selling rancid steak is today not only celebrating being exonerated but also being given the title of having the best turkey in the business.

A WELL-KNOWN butcher who found himself in court over allegations of selling rancid steak is today not only celebrating being exonerated but also being given the title of having the best turkey in the business.

George Debman won the Anglian Turkey Association Christmas Show prize just weeks after standing trial in Ipswich over claims he sold rancid fillet steaks to a customer.

The Ipswich borough councillor was acquitted of knowingly selling the meat from his shop and he entered the turkey association competition to prove his business sold top quality meat.

Mr Debman, 50, said: “I wasn't going to enter anything this year but after all the trouble I had I decided it was time to get the shop seen in a good light and so we went in for it.”

Debman Family Butchers in Cliff Lane, Ipswich, came out victorious from the show with a first prize for its turkey entry and the win has left Mr Debman feeling vindicated.

He added: “The result of the court case has been a large weight off my mind.

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“It went on for a long time and throughout it all I continued to claim my innocence.

“Now that it is out of the way I just want to get on with business and prove to my customers that I run a professional business selling quality meat.”

The court case had centred on the sale of fillet steak to a customer on January 6. The meat was found to be unfit for human consumption and Mr Debman's own authority, Ipswich Borough Council, brought the charges against him.

Mr Debman admitted the meat had been unfit for consumption but he insisted he had no knowledge it had been sold from his shop.

He told magistrates at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court it had been sold by butcher Clive Davey, who was employed by him, without his knowledge.

The court cleared Mr Debman but at the time he was too upset to talk about the ordeal of standing trial.

Today he said he was proud of his recent win.

“It was a shop effort with me doing the butchery and other staff members decorating it,” he said.

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