|Convicted: Mitchell Britten|
After a day enjoying the England v New Zealand test match at Lord’s Mitchell Britten, 24, went to the Cuban-themed Embargo Republica club.
During the early hours of May 25, last year at the King’s Road, Chelsea, nightspot he head butted the 27 year-old VIP guest he says got aggressive with him.
Britten, of Cavick House Farm, Cavick Road, Wymondham was convicted by an Isleworth Crown Court jury of causing Neil Brotherston actual bodily harm.
He was cleared of the more serious count of wounding.
Britten, who claimed he only leaned forward to secure some personal space, was bailed to return for sentencing on December 16.
Mr. Brotherston, who had been drinking since 6pm, and was consuming vodka in the club told the jury: “My recollection is leaving the VIP table area, walking across the club to the bar area, to the toilet and being head butted.
“The next memory is being in a state of shock with bouncers. My nose was bleeding pretty heavily and was not straight so I presumed I’d broken my nose.
“I saw myself in the mirror of the staircase and how bloody my nose was and on my shirt. There was blood everywhere.”
He got a taxi home at 2.10am and his doctor mother told him to go to hospital.
“I had to have my nose re-straightened under anaesthetic. There is still a bump down the right hand side.”
Prosecutor Mr. Alex Wright told the jury Britten, who has always claimed self-defence, was found by police via the club’s records and questioned at Notting Hill Police Station on July 22.
|Headbutted: Neil Brotherston|
“He said he could not push or punch the man and put his head down towards him.”
As a result Britten told police the man “began spitting blood” and he informed the club staff.
Britten appeared in court wearing his trademark country-style green hacking jacket.
Cavick House Farm described itself as a working farm that has been in the same family since the 1970’s
It boasts 16,000 free range hens on the two-acre site, with a specially-planted woodland and grassland to produce the best eggs
The farm is registered Lion Code Quality and with UK Egg Packers and is part of the environmental Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.
It has a caravan site, a self-service egg shed and a farm cafe, gift shop calledThe Hen House and a pop-up lamb shop.
Britten runs a pedigree Charollais flock of sheep alongside his commercial Lleyns flock and encourages visitors to view the livestock.