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Man is acquitted of attack in club

PUBLISHED: 19:01 17 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

A JUDGE abandoned the trial of an Ipswich man accused of carrying out a vicious attack in a night-club toilet.

After hearing evidence from the alleged victim Judge John Holt instructed the jury to acquit Glodean O'Connor of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A JUDGE abandoned the trial of an Ipswich man accused of carrying out a vicious attack in a night-club toilet.

After hearing evidence from the alleged victim Judge John Holt instructed the jury to acquit Glodean O'Connor of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The 12-strong jury at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court also returned a not guilty verdict of an alternative charge of unlawful wounding at Sound Academy night-spot in Ipswich.

It came after Sami Elnile – who claimed he was the victim of September's attack – was cross-examined by O'Connor's defence barrister Johnathon Rose.

Rose suggested that Elnile, started the fight in the toilet by twice using strong language against O'Connor, of Norwich Road, asking in an aggressive manner: "What are you looking at?"

"You started the whole incident didn't you?" said Rose. The jury was shown a short video clip where Elnile, who came up from Portsmouth to visit friends, was seen to kick out at O'Connor.

Judge Holt told the jury. "The first issue to consider was how the fight started."

He said the evidence given by prosecution witness Orean Brown, an American servicemen from Mildenhall, who just happened to be in the toilets at the time of the attack was "highly relevant."

"His evidence said the incident was sparked off by [Mr Elnile]," said Holt reading from Brown's witness account.

Brown's evidence said Elnile was aggressive at the urinal and O'Connor "did not provoke him or goad him."

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