Judge stops trial of Lowestoft pair
A JUDGE has stopped the trial of two Suffolk kebab shop workers accused of hitting a customer over the head with sticks during a late night attack.After hearing submissions from defence barristers at the close of the prosecution case Judge David Goodin directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts on the two men.
A JUDGE has stopped the trial of two Suffolk kebab shop workers accused of hitting a customer over the head with sticks during a late night attack.
After hearing submissions from defence barristers at the close of the prosecution case Judge David Goodin directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts on the two men.
He said that in his opinion the jury couldn't convict them on the evidence put forward by the prosecution and it was his duty to stop the case.
Before the court were Teber Sil, 43, of Bentley Drive, Lowestoft, and Fikri Koc, 34, of Ashfield Crescent, Lowestoft, who had denied affray.
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Ipswich Crown Court had heard that the two men had been working at the Mediterranean kebab shop in the High Street, Lowestoft, in December, last year, and there had been an argument after a customer dropped food on the floor.
Outside the shop one of man's friends had leant against a car and a man from the kebab shop had allegedly come out and asked him to get away from the vehicle.
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Shortly afterwards two men had allegedly come out of the kebab shop armed with sticks and attacked one of them causing a cut to the top of his head.
The defendants claimed that the men outside the shop had broken a wing mirror on a car and cracked their shop window.
Sil said they had not become involved in a fight with anyone and had followed the men so they could point them out to the police when they arrived.