Charity poker tournament host cleared of attacking player

Charity poker tournament host cleared of attacking player

Friday, 11 February 2011

A tournament director from Cumbria has been cleared of assaulting a player taking part in one of his charity competitions. Steven Nicholls accused Ken Johnston, boss at Northern Poker Stars, of attacking him at an event in August which was raising funds for a charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Nicholls alleged that Johnston punched him seven times on the head, knocked him off his chair and kicked him as he lay on the floor. And the reason for this alleged assault? He had won too much money.

Johnston denied the allegations claiming that the event hadn't actually happened. The jury at Carlisle Crown Court agreed and cleared Johnston of actual bodily harm after a three-day trial.

And as for Nicholls' claim that he was picked on as he was too good a player. A quick hunt on the Hendon Mob database would suggest otherwise.

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