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A bouncer, accused of killing a sales agent at a Saga Christmas bash, has told a jury how he helped pin a man to the ground for 10 minutes.
Doorman Brent Wright, 36, revealed that only once did he speak to David Ivin despite suspecting he was unconscious.
Earlier in the evening the martial arts expert admitted talking to fellow doorman Martin Barnwell about a restraining technique known as “The Sleeper”.
Mr Atkinson: “Not only did you say it, Mr Wright, you did it!”
Wright: “No, I never had him around the neck. I held him in the shoulder area.”
The bouncer told the jury that once Mr Ivin was on the floor he didn’t resist or move or fight against them.
The prosecutor then asked why the bouncers kept Mr Ivin in the same position for 10 minutes.
Wright replied: “Because there is always the possibility when you are restraining somebody that if you release the hold they may get back up and attack you.”
“You did to Mr Ivin what you told him you were going to do to him..’If you don’t stop I am going to choke you out’ didn’t you?” - prosecutor Duncan Atkinson to Wright
The prosecutor: “There was also the possibility you might asphyxiate him if you kept him in that position for 10 minutes and you knew that, didn’t you?”
The defendant replied: “Yes, I knew of it yes.”
Wright said two minutes after going to the ground he asked: “Are you OK matie?” and Mr Ivin just groaned.
He asked him to wake up “because he looked like he was unconscious.”
Wright said in the following eight minutes he never spoke again to Mr Ivin.
The prosecution has alleged that the restraint carried out by the two bouncers was "both considerable and excessive".
The trial continues.
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