Jurors retire in Sheffield Wednesday star trial

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Jurors in the trial of Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine will continue their deliberations today.

Madine, aged 23, from Hillsborough, is accused of knocking two men out with one punch and leaving them with broken bones in two separate nightclub attacks in Sheffield.

The trial started last week at Leeds Crown Court and jurors were sent out to begin their deliberations yesterday lunchtime.

The first attack, on Daniel Beresford, happened in the Paris Bar on Carver Street in Sheffield city centre last February.

It is alleged Madine, who was out drinking with friends, punched Mr Beresford and knocked him out, leaving him with a broken nose.

The following month Madine is accused of attacking Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms, also on Carver Street, as he left the toilets – after Mr Hall allegedly told him he was a Sheffield United fan.

Mr Hall suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Madine admits punching Mr Beresford but says he did it in self defence after he threw a drink over him.

He has denied attacking Mr Hall.

Madine told the jury he’d seen the whole thing happen and when he was arrested by police for the attack he was ‘raging’.

During his evidence Mr Hall told the jury that shortly after the attack he retracted his original police statement as he wasn’t sure it was Madine who had attacked him.

Madine, who has not played for Sheffield Wednesday for four weeks because of the court proceedings, told the jury he punched Mr Beresford after he threw a drink over him.

He said he feared Mr Beresford was holding a glass or a bottle, and he lashed out in self defence.

Madine denies causing grievous bodily harm, and an alternative charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, against Mr Beresford.

He also denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and an alternative of causing grievous bodily harm, against Mr Hall.

The jury will continue its deliberations at 10.30am.