Stan­ley ace fined £350 for his part in brawl

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JON MACPHER­SON

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley striker Billy Kee has been fined for his part in an early-hours brawl which left a man with a badly bro­ken jaw.

Kee, 26, was cap­tured on CCTV throw­ing a punch dur­ing the fight as he tried to pull his friend and fel­low foot­baller Lee Tom­lin away from the con­fronta­tion.

Both play­ers were orig­i­nally ac­cused of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm but were cleared of the charge on the orders of the judge.

A re­view of the CCTV footage showed the vic­tim squar­ing up to the play­ers after jump­ing over a set of rail­ings out­side a night­club in Le­ices­ter on Jan­uary 22 this year.

Kee, of Mountsor­rel, near Le­ices­ter, pleaded guilty to com­mon as­sault and was fined £350.

Cardiff City star Tom­lin, 28, of Broughton Ast­ley, Le­ices­ter­shire, pleaded guilty to af­fray and was given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der and or­dered to pay £500 costs.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ian Way ac­cepted that the com­plainant - who spent three days in hos­pi­tal and had a metal plate in­serted to sta­bilise a dis­placed jaw frac­ture - had “con­trib­uted” to what hap­pened.

CCTV clips pre­sented to the court showed Kee try­ing to pull Tom­lin away from the scene be­fore throw­ing a sin­gle punch to­wards the vic­tim’s head.

Tom­lin struck out twice at the vic­tim, who had been drink­ing with a group of friends at the Ghost night­club, dur­ing a sub­se­quent fra­cas in which a by­stander re­moved his belt, Mr Way said.

Mr Way told the court: “At about 3.30am the com­plainant and his friend went out­side the club to the smok­ing area, which is near a waist-high set of rail­ings.

“At that point they went over the fence and met face to face with the de­fen­dants and their group.

“There was an ar­gu­ment and the next thing [the vic­tim] re­mem­bers is a heavy blow.”

Philip Holden, de­fend­ing Kee, claimed the player’s ac­tions were “very close” to law­ful self­de­fence.

He said: “He was look­ing after Mr Tom­lin and try­ing to pull him away from an in­ci­dent that was de­vel­op­ing.”

Tom­lin’s lawyer Chris Daw QC, said the player had re­ceived ver­bal abuse in­side the night­club and ‘deeply re­grets hav­ing be­come in­volved at all’.

Judge Ebra­ham Moon­cey told Kee: “I ac­cept your role was to try to pla­cate mat­ters.

“Be­cause of the con­duct of other peo­ple you mis­be­haved and did throw a punch.”

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley for­ward Billy Kee pleaded guilty to com­mon as­sault

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