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Councillor Doug McMurdo guilty of punching teens

Doug McMurdo (right)
Image caption Magistrates in Milton Keynes found Doug McMurdo (right) to be the aggressor

A councillor has been found guilty of punching two teenagers in a drunken attack outside a village hall.

Doug McMurdo, 53, had denied two counts of assault and one of threatening words and behaviour against the young men in Sharnbrook last February.

McMurdo, who sits as an independent on Bedford Borough Council, claimed he was acting in self-defence but Milton Keynes magistrates found he was the aggressor and his words were insulting.

He will be sentenced next month.

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Image caption Doug McMurdo punched the teenagers outside Sharnbrook Village Hall

The court heard the attack happened on the evening of 22 February last year outside the hall in Lodge Road, which had been showing Six Nations rugby.

McMurdo approached the young men in a drunken state, taking off his jacket, and punched the first teenager in the eye and the second on the nose, magistrates heard.

Although CCTV at the hall was not working, the court heard recordings of what took place, captured by one of the teenagers on his mobile phone.

These showed strong words were spoken by both parties although the initial exchange was not captured.

Magistrate Neil Arnold said McMurdo's words were insulting and his speech was slurred due to alcohol.

"The evidence of the youths is consistent and compelling [and] much of the evidence is corroborated by the audio and visual [footage]," he said.

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