Nightclub assault by former marine suffering PTSD

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The Falklands veteran admitted grabbing man by the throat in Bideford nightclub.

A FORMER Royal Marine suffering from post traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to an assault in a Bideford nightclub.

Falklands veteran Keith Owen, 49, of Alexandra Terrace, Bideford was on a night out with his son Ben on March 31 when the altercation happened on the dance floor of Caesars.

Owen appeared before magistrates on Friday charged with assaulting Liam Shaxton, the boyfriend of a woman Ben had previous been in a ‘brief’ relationship with.

The couple were dancing in the club when Owen, who believed they were trying to provoke his son, went over to them.


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Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, said Owen grabbed Mr Shaxton by the throat before punching him. Owen denied throwing any punches but admitted grabbing the victim.

Rod Ball, defending, said Owen had suffered from PTSD since leaving the marines in 1991 but was taking steps to overcome it and was very remorseful.

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Magistrates fined Owen £225 and made no award for compensation due to the minor nature of the injuries.

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