Norwich doorman cleared of manslaughter

Sam EmanuelThe doorman of a Norwich nightclub has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a clubber in Prince of Wales Road.Sam Emanuel

The doorman of a Norwich nightclub has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a clubber in Prince of Wales Road.

A jury today cleared Steven Hopkins, 28, of the manslaughter of 46-year-old Drayton man Phillip Ward as he left the Chicago Rock Caf� last May.

The trial at Norwich Crown Court had heard that Mr Hopkins had pushed Mr Ward after ejecting him from the club.

Mr Ward had fallen backwards, striking his head and inflicting a fatal head injury from which he never regained consciousness.


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Mr Hopkins had denied the charge and this afternoon a jury found him not guilty of manslaughter.

See tomorrow's EDP for the full story.

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