Man acquitted of assault at pub

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A DEFENDANT accused of attacking a man who went to remonstrate with the landlord of a village pub has been unanimously acquitted.

Michael Guidry, 40, was accused of wounding Warren McBride at The Wheatsheaf pub in The Green, Braunston, on November 19 last year. Mr Guidry, of Welwyn Garden City denied he was involved in any fighting outside the pub.

It was alleged Mr McBride was blinded with pepper spray before being hit over the head with a wooden club.

James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court, said that Guidry went with three friends because the pub’s landlord Glen Thompson was in a relationship with Mr McBride’s sister and there were rumours the landlord had hit her.

He added: “Mr McBride went there to, in effect, have it out with the landlord. When he got there, he went to the pub to speak to Mr Thompson and did so at the door of the pub.”

The jury returned a unianimous not guilty verdict following a two day trial.