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Four cleared after late-night fight
8:10pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
FOUR men arrested after friction between two groups of Polish men boiled over have been cleared by a jury of violent conduct.
The trouble began inside an Evesham nightclub and then spilled into the street, Worcester Crown Court heard.
The men, who all live in the town, were arrested after an incident near Marilyn’s nightclub in the early hours of June 18 last year.
Cleared of violent disorder were: Dariusz Porzak, aged 34, of Port Street; Rafel Gajkos, 25, of Cheltenham Road; Tomasz Ulanowicz, 26, of High Street; and Damian Tutaj, 21, of Cowl Street.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on Mr Ulanowicz on a second charge of possession of an offensive weapon.
But after a decision by the prosecution not to proceed further, he was given a not guilty verdict.
The prosecution alleged that the defendants were the aggressors – but they insisted they acted in self-defence after they were surrounded by the rival group of up to 10 men.
Mr Porzak told police there was friction inside the club over a group of men who had “no respect” for him and his friends.
Security staff took the rivals outside but when he left at 2am he was attacked with a metal bar and hit on the head.
Mr Gajkos, who had left his home to buy cigarettes, came across Mr Porzak and Mr Tutaj in Bridge Street.
He said a big group of people rushed at them and he ended up covered in blood, also after a blow from a metal bar.