Richard English was instructed by Sam Smith of Rees Clayton Solicitors to represent Julian Tinker. Mr Tinker an experienced door supervisor had been accused of assaulting a customer of the bar in which he worked causing him really serious (grievous bodily) harm. The incident was alleged to have taken place in September 2017 at Courtney’s Bar, Bradshawgate, Bolton.
It was the Prosecution’s case that Mr Tinker pushed a customer through a fire escape and down some steps in the course of ejecting him from the bar. The customer hit his head on the pavement outside the bar and sustained a number of serious injuries including a fractured skull. Mr Tinker who denied that he acted in any way unlawfully said the customer, who had been told to leave the bar, refused to hand over a bottle which he had in his hand and, in the course of a struggle accidentally fell backwards hitting the ground. Mr Tinker told the jury that he had acted proportionally and reasonably in requiring the customer to surrender the bottle in order to comply with the bar’s licence conditions and local by-laws which prevented drinking on the street.
Mr Tinker denied the allegation and his trial at Bolton Crown Court began on Monday 8 April 2019 before His Honour Judge Walsh. After two days of evidence, the jury retired on Wednesday morning. They returned less than 45 minutes later with a unanimous not-guilty verdict.
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