Royal Marine 'attack' jury is discharged

A jury has been discharged in the case of two soldiers accused of attacking a Royal Marine in Devon.

William Press, 26, and Alexander Thompson, 25, from the Royal Logistics Corps in Wiltshire, were accused of assaulting Martin Jones in 2010.

They had denied charges of causing grievous bodily harm.

The jury was discharged after a barrister became ill, Plymouth Crown Court said. The case was due to come back to court on 18 June, it added.

Marine Jones, who has served in Afghanistan, was allegedly assaulted by the soldiers outside Oceana in Plymouth in December 2010.

He suffered damage to his right eye, six fractures to his eye socket and a fractured cheekbone.

He was later declared blind in the damaged eye.

Mr Press, from Buckley Barracks, Chippenham, and Mr Thompson, from Ashtead in Surrey, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent and causing grievous bodily harm.

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