Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baby Celebration Night out with Pals Ended in Violence and Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baby Celebration Night out with Pals Ended in Violence and Tragedy

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IT was a night of celebration that turned into violent mayhem and later tragedy.

When new dad Benji Bolsenbroek went out with his friends to celebrate the birth of his son Kianey they were all in good spirits and were "buzzing".

But the night turned sour when they were involved in a fight with another group in the Park Hotel in Linthorpe.

It was a mass brawl involving two camps and was described in court as "four minutes of total mayhem".

Furniture, glasses and pool balls were thrown, as well as punches, kicks and stamps.

It was described as "being like a scene from the Wild West""carnage" and "mayhem".

Sixteen people were charged in February this year with violent disorder - eight admitted the charge and eight denied it and went on trial.

And yesterday three of those were found guilty by a jury - Paul Kime, 26, Michael Kime, 28 and Vicki Kilpatrick, 25.

Cain Conroy, 37, Justin Heward, 24, Benjamin Jones, 24, Blaine McCarthy, 22 and Anthony Conway, 24, were all found not guilty.

The trial for the eight who denied the charge has been filled with passion and emotion - mainly due to the tragic death of Mr Bolsenbroek shortly after the fight. The court heard that he died of heart failure.

It was made clear to the jury from the start that the prosecution did not seek to attribute responsibility for Mr Bolsenbroek's death to any of the defendants.

On only the second day of the trial Judge John Walford had to warn the public gallery and defendants that any trouble outside the courtroom would lead to arrests.

This came after he was told there had been an incident on the opening day of the trial.

Then, during the second week of the trial, he made another warning to the public gallery after hearing remarks were being made in court. He told them if he heard it happen again he could arrest the perpetrators with contempt of court. …

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