Bouncers guilty of assault

Bouncer Lucca Curri
Bouncer Lucca Curri

TWO bouncers - including one from St Helens - have been convicted of a brutal attack on a nightclubber which left him with a punctured bowel.

Lucca Curri, 37, of Acorn Street, Newton-le-Willows, was last week found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Martin Robinson, while Curri’s colleague, Matthew Foy, was convicted of assault by beating.

During a trial, Liverpool Crown Court heard how Foy had held the 23-year-old victim on April 2 last year while Curri punched him.

Eric Lamb, prosecuting, told how Mr Robinson, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease, was then thrown to the ground outside Wigan’s Indiependence nightclub, kicked in the stomach and punched by the defendants as he curled up in a ball to protect himself.

The victim was rushed to hospital following the attack and was found to have suffered a perforated bowel.

He subsequently spent four months in hospital and had to undergo surgery to remove part of his bowel, which left him with a six-inch scar.

When the trial began, both Currie and Foy, 24, faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

But as the evidence unravelled that charge was dropped and a lesser alternative offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm was also dropped against Foy.

Curri told the court that the victim had been drunk and had fallen downstairs.

He denied punching him and said the injury Mr Robinson suffered was caused when he fell over or during a lawful struggle when he was ejected.

Foy, of Pilling Lane, Chorley, claimed he saw Mr Robinson going towards Curri with a bottle and grabbed him to stop a potential attack. He said he got him in a bear hug before Curri came to assist him.

Curri and Foy both had their conditional bail extended, but were warned that they could face immediate jail terms.

Judge David Harris, QC, ordered pre-sentence reports to be prepared and also asked for an up-to-date medical report on Mr Robinson.

They are due to be sentenced on February 14.

After the hearing Mr Robinson said: “I am still suffering the after-effects of what happened. But I am satisfied with the outcome from court and hope now that I can move on with my life.”