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Thompsons Garage nightclub boss Mark McCourt cleared of attack

By Alan Erwin

A boss at one of Northern Ireland's top nightclubs has been acquitted of assaulting two customers.

Mark McCourt (35) was also found not guilty of attacking a third man outside Thompsons Garage in central Belfast two years ago.

The case against the venue's part-owner and two co-accused was thrown out after one of the alleged victims lied about having no criminal record. Clearing all three defendants at Belfast Magistrates' Court, Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes warned he may refer that man to the Public Prosecution Service for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr McCourt, of Pattersons Place, Belfast, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of common assault.

Joseph Doyle (28), from Cliftonville Road, and Seamus Deeds (51), of Horn Drive, both in Belfast, each contested a single assault charge.

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