Bouncer cleared of attacking bar customer

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A BOUNCER has been cleared of attacking a customer and breaking his jaw.

Edward Randall was accused of assaulting Andi Lawrence outside the Fuzzy Duck in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk after the 20-year-old taunted him for being bald and questioned his sexuality.

But the 29-year-old was cleared of a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm after a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court brought an early end to his trial.

Judge Sarah Munro QC instructed the jury of nine men and three women to deliver a not guilty verdict before the end of the trial.

The court had heard that Mr Lawrence had been drinking all day with workmates in December last year when he was refused entry to the Fuzzy Duck for being too drunk.

Angry at being turned away, Mr Lawrence, who has a number of previous convictions, began abusing the door staff.

Mr Randall, of Coldeast Close, Sarisbury Green, said he took Mr Lawrence to the ground and restrained him after his boss told him to because they thought he was a threat.

Mr Lawrence claimed the bouncer had punched him and broken his jaw in two places.

But the court rejected his story.

General manager of the Fuzzy Duck Lee Holt stood by Mr Randall during the trial and said he had never had any concerns about his work.

A BOUNCER has been cleared of attacking a customer and breaking his jaw.

Edward Randall was accused of assaulting Andi Lawrence outside the Fuzzy Duck in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk after the 20-year-old taunted him for being bald and questioned his sexuality.

But the 29-year-old was cleared of a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm after a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court brought an early end to his trial.

Judge Sarah Munro QC instructed the jury of nine men and three women to deliver a not guilty verdict before the end of the trial.

The court had heard that Mr Lawrence had been drinking all day with work-mates in December last year when he was refused entry to the Fuzzy Duck for being too drunk.

Angry at being turned away Mr Lawrence, who has a number of previous convictions, began abusing the doorstaff.

Mr Randall, of Coldeast Close, Sarisbury Green, said he took Mr Lawrence to the ground and restrained him after his boss told him to because they thought he was a threat.

Mr Lawrence claimed the bouncer had punched him and broken his jaw in two places but the court rejected his story.

Lee Holt, the general manager of the Fuzzy Duck, stood by Mr Randall during the trial and said he had never had any concerns about his work.