Man Who Was Attacked After Leaving Ely Nightclub Suffered Two Broken Teeth

PUBLISHED: 12:39 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

A MAN had two teeth broken when he was attacked in an Ely car park after leaving a night club, magistrates heard this week. The Crown Prosecution Service claims that 20-year-old Jack Butler hit Mark Willcox in the face and then kicked and punched him as h

A MAN had two teeth broken when he was attacked in an Ely car park after leaving a night club, magistrates heard this week.

The Crown Prosecution Service claims that 20-year-old Jack Butler hit Mark Willcox in the face and then kicked and punched him as he lay on the ground.

It is alleged that Mr Willcox was attacked by three men, including Butler, and a friend of Mr Willcox was left unconscious after the incident.

Ely magistrates heard how Mr Willcox was left bleeding and suffering from two broken teeth, extensive bruising, lumps to his head, a black eye, and a sore jaw and hip.

But Butler, of Saffron Close, Littleport, only admits that he used "more than reasonable force" to defend himself against Mr Willcox during the fracas in the early hours of January 11.

"There was a blow for blow fight, Mr Willcox was not on the ground, and my client was not involved in any kicking or punching while he was on the ground," solicitor Melanie Benn told the court.

Butler told police that Mr Willcox "went leery" and both men swung at each other in a "fair fight."

After hearing two sides to the story, the court decided that a "Newton" hearing was needed, so evidence could be heard from witnesses before sentencing could go ahead.

That hearing is due to be heard at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on April 16.

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