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Man cleared of nightclub killing

Damian Gordon
Mr Gordon was shot twice outside Club Icon in Bradford

A 33-year-old man has been cleared of murdering a Bradford father-of-one who was shot dead at a city nightclub.

Owen Bell, of Marlborough Road, Salford, was charged with the murder of Damian Gordon, 30, who was shot as he left Club Icon on 3 August 2008.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court took seven-and-a-half hours to find Mr Bell not guilty of murder.

Five other men who were also on trial charged with murder were acquitted last week after a Court of Appeal hearing.

The court had heard that on the night of the shooting, Mr Bell travelled from Manchester to Bradford to attend a party at the nightclub at which Mr Gordon, who had a young son, was also present.

Mr Bell, who had been stabbed during a fight involving the victim in August 2005, told the jury of seven men and four women that he did not know Mr Gordon was in the nightclub that night and denied murdering him.

Appeal hearing

Mr Gordon, of Swain House, Bradford, was shot in the back once as he stood outside a door to the club and was shot for a second time as he went down a set of stairs.

He collapsed outside and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Five other men who were also on trial charged with Mr Gordon's murder were acquitted after a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London.

Alfred Thompson, 27, of Oak Lane, Whitefield, Manchester, and Dylan McIntosh, 22, of Burrow Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, were formally cleared by the Court of Appeal.

Silvano Salmon, 21, of Crondall Street, Manchester, Shaun Riley, 20, of Sargent Driver, Manchester, and Donald Edwards, 40, of Easthaven Avenue, Clayton, Manchester, were acquitted by the jury on the direction of Judge Christopher Moss QC.

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