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Friday, 18 May, 2001, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Soldiers cleared of nightclub attack
Reflections nightclub
Forensic officers examined the scene of the attack
Two of the four soldiers accused of murdering a railway worker outside a Wiltshire nightclub have been cleared after prosecutors offered no further evidence against them.

Private Marc Hunter, 18, and Lance Corporal David Wright, 23, were both found not guilty at Bristol Crown Court of the murder of Glyne Agard, 32.

Trial judge Mr Justice Steel directed the jury to return the verdict after prosecutors admitted the evidence against the pair was "insufficiently strong".

The case against Privates Thomas Myers, 20, and Wayne King, 20, continues and has been adjourned until Monday.


We have come to the conclusion that the evidence against them is insufficiently strong

John Royce QC
Prosecutor
Both deny murdering Glyne Agard and causing both Stephen Agard and Gary Belgrave grievous bodily harm with intent, and a further charge of violent disorder.

Mr Hunter and Mr Wright were also cleared of violent disorder, and Mr Hunter was cleared of grievous bodily harm with intent against Stephen Agard and Gary Belgrave.

Prosecutor John Royce QC, told the court: "In relation to the cases of Mr Hunter and Mr White there is no further lay evidence that is going to be called in the case.

Massive head injuries

"We have come to the conclusion that the evidence against them is insufficiently strong to justify the Crown from continuing the case further against them.

"In those circumstances it is our duty to offer no further evidence."

Glyne Agard
Glyne Agard was beaten to death outside the club
Mr Justice Steel told the jury: "In these circumstances it falls to me to direct you to return a verdict of not guilty in relation to Mr Hunter and Mr White."

The defendants are all from north east England, Mr King from Middlesbrough, Mr Myers and Mr Hunter from Hartlepool and Mr White from Stockton-on-Tees.

Glyne Agard died from massive head injuries following a brawl outside the Reflections nightclub in Westbury, Wiltshire, on 18 June last year.

Mr Agard, from Reading, Berkshire, died at the scene despite efforts by an ambulance crew to resuscitate him. A post mortem examination showed he died from severe head injuries.

His brother, also from Reading, suffered chest and neck injuries and Gary Belgrave needed hospital treatment.

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