Nottingham

Pub accused of serving attack boys wins licence appeal

The bench where Mr Sheppard was attacked
Image caption The boys attacked a man outside the town's community hospital

A Nottinghamshire pub accused of serving alcohol to three 15-year-olds who later fatally attacked a man has won a licence suspension appeal.

The Bold Forester, in Mansfield, had its licence suspended in June for six weeks by the district council.

The boys thought to have drunk at the pub admitted later attacking James Sheppard, who died from his injuries.

New evidence at the town's magistrates' court raised doubts about whether the boys had been served alcohol there.

Bench attack

Due to the appeal, the six-week suspension was not enacted in June.

An application for £34,638.91 in costs was made by the pub after the hearing on 4 November, but no costs were awarded against the council.

The magistrates decided the original decision of the licensing panel had "been taken honestly, reasonably and properly".

The youths attacked Mr Sheppard, 54, in July 2009 on a bench outside the town's community hospital.

A boy, now 16, was detained for three-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court in July.

Two other boys, also now 16, admitted causing actual bodily harm and were given one-year supervision orders at a hearing in March.

The youths were served at the William IV pub in Sutton Road, which had it licence suspended for eight weeks.

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