Ac­tor cleared of gun threat

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A Bafta-nom­i­nated ac­tor ac­cused of us­ing a fake gun to ter­rify a bar­maid into be­liev­ing she would be shot has been cleared by a jury.

John McEn­ery, 75, of Marine Pa­rade, Sheer­ness, Kent, de­nied a charge of pos­sess­ing an im­i­ta­tion firearm with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence at the Lead­ing Light pub in Faver­sham, Kent, on Au­gust 8 last year.

He and co-de­fen­dant Steven Ma­jew­ski, 42, of Canal Road, Strood, also pleaded not guilty to a sim­i­lar joint charge re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent at the binElla wine and Cham­pagne bar on Stan­dard Quay in Faver­sham be­tween July 1 and Au­gust 8 2017.

A jury at Maid­stone Crown Court took just un­der four hours to clear both men of all of­fences yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing af­ter the ver­dict, McEn­ery said he felt an “enor­mous sense of re­lief ”.

McEn­ery was nom­i­nated for a Bafta for his por­trayal of Mer­cu­tio in Franco Zef­firelli’s 1968 film adap­ta­tion of Romeo and Juliet.

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