Court clears two Exmouth men of attack on Polish man

PUBLISHED: 13:18 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:18 31 October 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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Two Exmouth men have been cleared of attacking a Polish man in Exmouth after the prosecution dropped the case.

Connor Phare and Joel Rendall were both found not guilty by Recorder Ms Elizabeth Bussey-Jones at Exeter Crown Court.

Two men have been cleared of attacking a Polish man in Exmouth after the prosecution dropped the case.

Connor Phare and Joel Rendall were both found not guilty by Recorder Ms Elizabeth Bussey-Jones at Exeter Crown Court.

Two other men from Exmouth have already admitted their part in the attack on Mateusz Czarzasty in Hartopp Road, Exmouth, on October 25 last year.

Phare, aged 19, of Woodville Road, Exmouth, and Rendall, aged 19, of Green Close, Exmouth, both denied causing actual bodily harm.

Scott McMillian, aged 20, of Woodville Road, Exmouth, and Lawrence Smith, aged 19, of Nelson House, Littleham Village, Exmouth, have both admitted the same offence.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

All four had originally been charged with a racially aggravated assault, but this was dropped at an earlier hearing.

Mr Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, said the cases against Phare and Rendall were not being pursued because two independent witnesses had clarified their accounts of what they saw.

The man and woman witnesses both made new statements saying that while four people were involved in the build up to the assault, they only saw two taking part.

Polish-born Mr Czarzasty suffered serious cuts and bruises to his face in the attack, which left him with a black eye.

The judge adjourned sentence on McMillian and Smith and ordered probation pre-sentence reports.

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