Farmer who provides eggs to MS attacked man in nightclub hours after

first_imgA farmer is facing sentence for breaking a reveller’s nose at a Cuban-themed nightclub after he had spent all day drinking at a Test match.Mitchel Britten, 24, drank more than half a gallon of beer watching England play New Zealand at Lord’s before going to the Embargo Republica club in Chelsea’s Kings Road.Britten, who helps run a farm that sells eggs to Marks and Spencer and The Happy Egg Co, was on the dancefloor with Neil Brotherston when he attacked his fellow clubber.Mr Brotherston suffered a broken nose, which required surgery, and he spent two days in hospital recovering after the attack on May 25 last year. Mitchell Britten described himself as being in a ‘merry sort of state’Credit:Luigi Cianfarano/Central Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mitchell Britten Britten and his friends then went to Pizza Express, where they shared a bottle of wine, before going back to the Chelsea apartment they rented for the weekend to change for a night out. Neil Brotherston Stephen Spence, defending, asked Britten if he was drunk, to which he replied: “Not at all, no.”Britten described being in a “merry sort of state” and said: “I had one gin and tonic there and that’s all I can remember. I knew what I was doing. They wouldn’t have let me in the club if I was too drunk.”Britten accepted that he headbutted Mr Brotherston and that he had not moved towards him.Mr Wright asked: “Why did you move so close to him?”Britten said: “I just believed we were dancing at the time.”Mr Wright asked: “Why choose him to dance with? I don’t know, I was just dancing in general.”Britten, of Wymondham, Norfolk, was acquitted of inflicting grievous bodily harm, but convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.His sentence was adjourned until December 16 while reports are prepared. Britten claimed he “had to push Mr Brotherson with my head into his nose to get some personal space”.The farmer explained he could not use his hands to push him away because he was holding his drink at the time.A jury of seven men and five women took just over two hours to find Britten guilty of causing actual bodily harm after a two-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court.The farmer said he had “anything between three and five beers, with food” at the match as England bowled out New Zealand to win the Test on the fifth day. Neil Brotherston spent two days in hospital after suffering a broken noseCredit:Central Newslast_img

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