Man found not guilty of pub GBH charge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 September 2012

A jury at the court found Mr Payne not guilty

A jury at the court found Mr Payne not guilty

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A MAN has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a father outside a bar in Weston.

Sean Payne had been accused of the offence against Reuben Lock outside Hotshotz pub.

Mr Lock has been left with brain damage and is wheelchair-bound following the incident outside the bar in Alexandra Parade, but a jury at Bristol Crown Court today (Thurs) acquitted Mr Payne of intentionally causing him the injuries.

The jury had heard that Mr Lock had been celebrating his 40th birthday at the now-defunct nightspot on September 27 last year when he became aggressive and involved in an altercation with several people outside the bar.

At the trial Jason Taylor, defending 42-year-old Mr Payne, said his client had only intervened to protect a woman who had been struck my Mr Lock, saying: “People on the ground were grateful that Sean Payne had stopped Reuben Lock causing people harm.

“There was only one aggressor that night, and it wasn’t the man in the dock.”

The prosecution had alleged that Mr Payne, of Osmond Road, Weston, had not acted in self-defence when he punched Mr Lock – an action caught on CCTV footage replayed to the jury at the trial.

But the jury disagreed, and delivered a not-guilty verdict.

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