Whitstable Brewery Bar brawlers found not guilty
A JUDGE has warned two men who were involved in a fight in Whitstable's Brewery Bar not to seek any repercussions after they walked free.
A jury at Canterbury Crown Court unanimously found Glenn Brough, 26, of Nelson Road, Whitstable, and Jon O'Brien, 29, of Pulford Close, Sturry, not guilty of charges relating to the brawl just before Christmas in 2010.
Mr O'Brien had pleaded not guilty to causing Andrew Rumball grievous bodily harm and assaulting two women at the seafront venue while Mr Brough had denied assaulting Mr Rumball's brother Michael.
Both men admitted hitting the brothers but said they acted in self-defence.
Andrew Rumball needed two titanium rods put in his broken jaw while his brother Michael was left with blood in his eye.
After the verdict on Friday Judge Heather Norton told both men not to seek retribution. She said: "During this trial I have heard various veiled comments about an incident that happened in the past. I do not know what this incident was and don't wish to know.
"From your evidence the area you live in is small. If there are any repercussions from this trial they will be dealt with in the severest manner. I feel this shot across your bows is necessary."
The court had heard the two brothers were out celebrating a birthday when the fight happened.