Man denies violent attack at Liquid nightclub in Ipswich

Liquid Ipswich

Liquid Ipswich

An Ipswich man accused of being involved in a violent incident outside a town centre nightclub during which a man fractured his ankle has denied deliberately striking him.

Jason Lambert told a jury at Ipswich Crown court he had been extremely drunk in the early hours of Christmas Day and did not have a clear recollection of the incident outside Liquid in the town’s Cardinal Park.

However he denied deliberately striking Kieran Walne causing him to fall over and fracture his ankle.

Lambert said that from watching CCTV footage of the incident he believed Mr Walne had fractured his ankle a short while later after falling off a bench while trying to throw a punch at him.

“I don’t think there is enough evidence to pin it on me. Kieran doesn’t remember me touching him,” said Lambert.

Lambert, 27, of Riverside Road, Ipswich has denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Walne on December 25.

The court has heard that Walne left Liquid with friends at 3am and was talking to a woman when another woman walked up to him and started slapping him.

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Mr Walne was then allegedly approached by Lambert who allegedly pushed or struck him causing him to fall to the ground

A witness described hearing a “distinctive cracking sound” as Mr Walne went to the ground.

Immediately after the incident Mr Walne was taken to a concrete seat where there was an alleged further exchange between him and Lambert during which Mr Walne ended up on the ground again.

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict today.