A MAN has been found guilty of an assault in a Bury St Edmunds nightclub in which his victim lost an eye.
James Thompson, 25, had been accused of a ‘glassing’ attack at Deja Vu club in the early morning of March 13 last year.
It was alleged that Thompson, of Westley Lane, Horringer, inflicted a serious facial injury on Carl Warner and then sat astride him delivering punches.
Thompson told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that Mr Warner had collided with him, knocking him off his feet and inflicted a serious cut on his own hand from the half pint glass he had been holding.
Defence barrister Richard Potts said: “This is an accident. Nothing more than a terrible, catastrophic accident.”
But after considering the evidence for two and a half hours the jury found Thompson guilty on Wednesday of a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Thompson had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Judge John Holt told Thompson that he would continue to be granted bail until he is sentenced in the week commencing July 25.
Mr Warner had said he remembered being at the nightclub celebrating a friend’s birthday but the next thing he knew he woke up in hospital covered in blood.
As a result of an injury, his right eye had to be removed.