Brighton Player Cleared In Court

Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince has been cleared by a jury of hitting a bouncer with a Jack Daniel's bottle.

 
The 24-year-old, currently on loan at Swindon, was found not guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm outside Atik nightclub in Windsor in the early hours of Christmas Day in 2015.
 
The jury at Reading Crown Court returned a unanimous not guilty verdict on Wednesday afternoon, having retired just over two hours previously.
 
Brighton manager Chris Hughton was in court as closing speeches were made on Wednesday morning, and left before the verdict was returned.
 
During the trial, the court heard that doorman Gregor Jurcic, 27, suffered a "nasty'' head injury that required seven staples and has been left with scarring.
 
Up to 500 people had gathered outside the nightclub, on Victoria Street, between 3.30am and 4am.
 
Ince was accused of jumping up and hitting Jurcic, who was helping police disperse revellers at the time, in a "slam dunk''.
 
But the footballer denied carrying out the attack, insisting he had not been holding a bottle and that it was a case of mistaken identity.
 

A club spokesman said: "Brighton & Hove Albion are pleased to note the not guilty verdict at the conclusion of the trial involving Rohan Ince.

"This concludes a difficult period for Rohan, and we trust that his privacy and that of his family will be respected.

"The club will not be making any further comment on this matter.''

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