Man jailed for violence outside London club

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A Peterborough man who threw heavy duty fence blocks at a doorman outside a London club has been jailed for two years.

Elizer-Palmer Smith was convicted of violent disorder at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.

The court was told violence erupted outside Club Colosseum, London’s Vauxhall, in the early hours of March 23 when Palmer-Lewis, (25), of Goffsmill, Bretton, Peterborough -was forcibly ejected when trouble broke out inside the club.

Palmer-Smith denied the offence, but was found guilty at a trial.

Co-defendant Guilherme Mendes, 26,of Spring Close, Huntingdon was found not guilty of violent disorder.

Prosecutor Andrew Dowden told the jury CCTV showed Palmer-Lewis hurling heavy-duty fence blocks in their direction.

“He was throwing very large rubber blocks used to secure temporary fencing and they were whistling past Mr Mendes’ ear towards the bouncers,” said Mr Dowden.

Cross-examining Mendes in the witness box the prosecutor put to him: “You knew Mr Palmer-Lewis was doing that and you were acting together with him and the people around you to attack those bouncers.”

The court heard that the crowd also hurled traffic cones towards the door staff amid claims they had been heavy-handed when dealing with the trouble inside.

Mendes told the jury he and Palmer-Lewis had driven to east London to meet up with a friend named ‘Idir’ and they travelled to the club by taxi, where they met more people.

He said there had been tension between them and another group, and he was acting in self defence when he wrapped a belt round his hand.

CCTV also showed Palmer-Lewis brawling with somebody on the pavement and Mendes climbing a fence to get closer to the door staff.

“I was trying to help my friend,” he explained. “I was not thinking about everything that was going on around me.”