Ian Kirton, from Darlington, had denied having an offensive weapon and two counts of assault by beating

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A MAN accused of hitting his neighbour with a golf club and then slapping her sister left court a free man after a judge said he had no case to answer on two of the charges he faced and a jury cleared him on a third.

Ian Kirton, 53, had denied having an offensive weapon and two charges of assault by beating said to have been committed on August 30 last year in Appleby Close, Darlington.

The prosecution in his trial at Teesside Crown Court said the dispute arose from a complaint by Mr Kirton that his neighbour's children had been throwing eggs at his window.

Mr Kirton's barrister Dan Cordey successfully argued that the evidence against him – which included mobile phone footage shot by a resident - was inconsistent, unreliable and flawed.

Two of the charges against him were formally dismissed, while the jury returned a not guilty verdict on the remaining charge of assault by beating.

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6:36am Wed 30 Apr 14

Mr A says...

So why did the police and CPP wast all our monies on this?
So why did the police and CPP wast all our monies on this? Mr A
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4:02pm Wed 30 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

Mr A wrote:
So why did the police and CPP wast all our monies on this?
Justice served at last.....His neighbours are noisy scruffs....
[quote][p][bold]Mr A[/bold] wrote: So why did the police and CPP wast all our monies on this?[/p][/quote]Justice served at last.....His neighbours are noisy scruffs.... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

rat man says...

Clearly the jury were better judges of character than were the police or the CPS in this case.
Clearly the jury were better judges of character than were the police or the CPS in this case. rat man
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