DJ cleared of threats to rock guitarist

A DJ accused of robbing a guitarist and threatening him with a knife has today spoken of his relief at being found not guilty.Gavin Flewitt, 27, spoke out after the end of his trial at Ipswich Crown Court where a jury acquitted him of a robbery charge.

A DJ accused of robbing a guitarist and threatening him with a knife has today spoken of his relief at being found not guilty.

Gavin Flewitt, 27, spoke out after the end of his trial at Ipswich Crown Court where a jury acquitted him of a robbery charge.

The verdict marks the end of a four and a half month ordeal which began after a night out at The Venue at Ipswich Corn Exchange on October 30 last year.

Andrew Burlace, a session guitarist who played with rock band Blink 182, had accused Mr Flewitt of threatening to cut his throat if he did not hand over money after the pair began talking in the toilets.

But after the jury of nine women and three men cleared him of the charge, Mr Flewitt said he could finally begin to live a normal life again once he had recovered from his ordeal.

He said: "I didn't think I could go to prison, but when you are there in the dock it feels like anything can happen."

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Mr Flewitt, of Morland Road, Ipswich, said the case had affected his relationship with his girlfriend Lisa.

He said: "It almost broke up my relationship, we are meant to be buying a house together but we couldn't if she didn't know where I'd be. We've had fall-outs because of the stress.

"We didn't think it could go this far."

Mr Flewitt, who works as a window repairer as well as a nightclub DJ has been banned from going into any licensed premises since October and has had to regularly report to Ipswich police station as part of his bail conditions.

But despite now being cleared, Mr Flewitt said he doesn't want to go into pubs or clubs again except for work.

He said: "I don't want to go out now, if trouble can happen from nothing like that then it's best I just stay with my real friends.

"I want to get back to normality now and am looking forward to getting back to work."

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