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Community order after man involved in Burton brawl

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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A MASS brawl erupted outside a Burton nightspot that saw more than a dozen men throwing punches ‘left, right and centre’, a judge heard.

Police officers on duty at the scene battled to bring the disorder under control as they stepped in to separate those involved.

The incident was captured on closed circuit security cameras and the footage shown to Stafford Crown Court.

One of those involved in the fracas was Nathan McKenzie, a property development company boss from Rolleston.

David Swinnerton, prosecuting, said between 10 and 15 people were involved outside Bullit nightclub, in High Street, at around 2.20am.

He said: “There was some sort of attack on McKenzie going on, that caused a large melee, lots of people were grappling with each other and punches were thrown left, right and centre.

“The defendant was grappling with another male when police intervened.

“They pulled the other male away, but McKenzie threw several punches at that man as police were dragging him away.

“People were just ignoring the police and carrying on fighting.”

McKenzie, 24, of Elizabeth Avenue, Rolleston, who admitted using threatening behaviour on October 28, 2012, was given a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid community work, and £160 costs and surcharge to pay.

Recorder Professor Martin Wasik told him: “It’s accepted you didn’t start things, it seems fairly clear you were attacked by someone else first, but you did get involved in the broader disturbance.”

Anthony Potter, defending, said: “It is difficult to work out precisely what’s going on in the video.

“McKenzie himself was attacked. You have seen him going to the ground and people seem keen to attack him while he’s on the floor.”

Mr Potter said McKenzie had started up a property development company and was using his energies to make it a success.

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