Nightclub row ends in court

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A WIGAN solicitor has questioned the actions of door staff after a man was knocked unconscious following a bust-up.

Martin Jones was defending 23-year-old Shane Reid following a confrontation with John Brady, a door supervisor at Jumpin Jaks.

Reid, of Saddleback Road, Norley Hall, admitted verbally abusing Mr Brady after he was refused entry to the King Street night club on February 20 this year.

However, following CCTV footage of the incident being shown in court, Mr Jones spoke out about the actions of the victim in the case, Mr Brady, claiming he ‘man-handled’ his client.

Mr Jones said: “My client has admitted he was abusing Mr Brady and that he was the worse for wear by drink.

“However, when he was abusing him he was some distance away and made no physical contact with Mr Brady.

“He was knocked out for two minutes and it can be clearly seen on the CCTV that he was unconscious and manhandled like a rag doll by Mr Brady.”

Prosecuting, Katie McFarlane said: “Mr Brady knows the defendant and on the night in question he had told him he was not welcome into Jumpin Jaks due to previous behaviour in the establishment.

“Several times he attempted to walk him out of the doorway but Mr Reid continued to come back and became more and more aggressive and he believed he was going to hit him. He then restrained Mr Reid and they fell in the road where he was assisted by colleagues from the Chicago Rock and Mortimers. Reid was then arrested.”

The case was adjourned until March 16 for sentencing with Reid being bailed on the condition he does not go to Jumpin Jaks and makes no contact with Mr Brady.