Victim cannot remember club brawl

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A MAN punched in a brawl outside an Ipswich nightclub was hit so hard he cannot remember anything about the incident, a court has heard.

A man punched in a brawl

outside an Ipswich nightclub was hit so hard he cannot remember anything about the incident, a court has heard.

Justin Huggins, 30, was left with

critical head injuries during the attack after his head hit the pavement

following a blow to the face outside Liquid night club in Cardinal Park.

Great Cornard man Ryan Walton, who was 22 at the time, denies the charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Christopher Morgan described how the attack on the victim - who was

affectionately known as 'Huggy' - left him with absolutely no memory of what happened during the incident in the early hours of August 16.

"His injury was such that he has no recollection whatsoever of being struck or what happened to him before or after," he told a jury at Bury

crown court.

Mr Huggins' nephew, Liam Dore, described how they went out for the evening with friends and ended up at the Ipswich night spot, Brannigans.

He told how he and Mr Huggins had drunk up to five pints of lager at Brannigans where - the court heard - drinks were "£1 a go".

Around closing time at 1am, he became separated from his uncle as he went to talk to friends outside the club. He said he saw Huggins, who was

wearing a multi-coloured shirt and gold trousers, walk off towards Liquid with a group of people whom he did

not recognise.

The other men, numbering about four or five, were all white, Mr Dore said, adding that he had heard laughing – and his uncle was laughing too.

But five minutes later the mood had changed and there was "lots of

fighting", he told the court.

Seeing punches being thrown "for a few seconds", he rushed to Mr Huggins' aid, followed by "three or four" of the people he had been chatting to.

"I saw Huggy on his back and then I ran straight over to him," he said. "He was out cold." He added that he hadn't seen who or what had floored him.

With the help of a girl he named as "Cat", he said he helped his uncle to his feet and walked to his mother's home where he was still asleep when Mr Dore left for work the next morning.

Quizzed by Lindsay Cox for the defence, he admitted one of the group of white men had included a man with a skinhead and wearing a blue shirt and dark jeans.

A man answering to a similar

description was seen by one of the Brannigans staff as he collected empty bottles outside the club.

Barry Daley described witnessing a ten minute altercation involving a five-strong gang of white men who clashed with another group, made up of two white and two black men, outside Liquid night club.

He described how one of the black men in the group, who was dressed in a grey shirt and dark trousers, was felled by a blow to the lower chest.

He quickly got up, flailing his arms around to strike back. He then saw a

different white man punch him again, sending him toppling to the ground.

Mr Daley heard this assailant

repeatedly shouting: "Do you want

some more?"

This time the black man didn't get up, but defence lawyer Mr Cox suggested, referring to the differing descriptions and circumstances of the fight, that Mr Daley must have been watching a

different incident.

The case continues.

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