Man, 43, is cleared of assault on doorman

THE grieving uncle of a teenager killed in a road accident was cleared by a jury of assaulting a bar door supervisor only days after her death.

Mark Leppington, 43, of Scalby Road, had tried to put aside his grief over the death of his niece, 15-year-old Natalia Wiley, on January 8 last year, by going out to celebrate his son’s birthday three days later.

However, after having to explain to someone in Klosters Wine Bar, in York Place, about the tragic death, Leppington had become upset and went to stand outside the bar.

When his son came out to see how he was he was ordered back inside by door staff because he was carrying a glass.

Leppington complained about the “unprofessional” behaviour of the doorman and tried to explain what was going on and why he was upset.

Anthony Kelbrick, prosecuting at York Crown Court, alleged Leppington, a former double glazing business proprietor and now a taxi driver, became abusive and, as the doormen attempted to restrain him, flung his head backwards headbutting one of them.

The jury was told the doorman had to have five stitches inserted into a cut on his eyebrow as a result of the headbutt.

Leppington denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He told the jury he had been crying and trying to explain the situation to the door staff when he was grabbed around the neck, the headbutt being a result of either him being pulled or by losing his footing on the steps from the street down into the bar on January 11 last year.

Miss Wiley died after her boyfriend lost control of his car near Snainton, the driver later being sentenced at York Crown Court to five-and-a-half years youth custody after admitting causing her death by dangerous driving.