Two plead not guilty in beating of two airmen
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, England — More than three months after allegedly beating two RAF Mildenhall airmen outside of a Newmarket nightclub, two Cambridge men entered pleas Thursday morning during their third appearance in court.
Edward Harper, 18, and William Harper, 21, both pleaded not guilty in Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates’ Court to a host of assault and threatening-behavior charges connected to the July 31 incident in the alley beside De Niro’s Nite Club.
Edward Harper faces three counts of assault and one count of threatening behavior while William Harper faces one count each of assault and threatening behavior. It’s unclear if the two Cambridge men, who share the same address, are related.
The two were rereleased on unconditional bail and will not have to appear Thursday when the magistrates set an official court date for the trial, which is expected to include 11 witnesses and last two days.
Senior Airman Antonio Barranca, 26, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and fined $100 for possession of an article with a blade or point in connection with the incident.
One of the suspects had to be treated for stab wounds following the fight, according to the Suffolk Constabulary.