Trio in court over nightclub brawl

THREE drunken revellers who were involved in a mass brawl outside an Ipswich nightclub are today awaiting their punishment.

THREE drunken revellers who were involved in a mass brawl outside an Ipswich nightclub are today awaiting their punishment.

Shaun French, Benjamin Last, and Owen Barker lashed out at door staff at Liquid Nightclub in Cardinal Park after celebrating French's 19th birthday on January 7.

During the fight, which involved between 15 and 20 people, the trio also became aggressive towards police officers who were trying to defuse the situation.

John Hardwick, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court the men were part of a group that was ejected from Liquid Nightclub after an altercation.

He added: “Upon reaching the outside they started fighting with security staff.”

Mr Hardwick also told the court how the violence had originally started in the bar area where people started pushing and shoving each other.

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During the brawl one man was punched in the face, causing him to lose consciousness immediately, however it is not known if French, Last, 21, or Barker, 22, caused anyone injury during the chaos.

Barker, of Ezra Cottage, Stowmarket, hit a police officer and lunged at another during the fight which started at around 1am.

The joiner admitted he was not sober at the time and added: “I was being thrown all over the place by bouncers.”

Bricklayer Last, of Park Green, Wetheringsett, said: “I was trying to stick up for my friends but ended up causing a nuisance.”

And French, of Lock Close, Debenham, who works as a carpenter with Barker, said: “I haven't really got a recollection of it because it was my birthday and I wasn't in the best of ways.”

The three men all pleaded guilty to affray and will now be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Did you see the mass brawl? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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