Councillor Doug McMurdo wins appeal against convictions of assaulting teenagers

MPMC Doug McMurdo

MPMC Doug McMurdo

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Councillor Doug McMurdo has successfully appealed three convictions relating to an incident of alleged assault involving local youths.

In a high profile case Councillor McMurdo, who sits as an independent on Bedford Borough Council, was found guilty by Milton Keynes magistrates of punching two teenagers in a drunken attack outside a village hall in Sharnbrook last February.

He was accused of assaulting two youths and further threatening them in a scenario likened to “Hot Fuzz” where the older members of the community try to kill their younger counterparts.

However Mr Recorder Knowles QC found has now found no case to answer based on the inconsistencies apparent throughout the complainants’ evidence which focused primarily on the issue of collusion.

After the hearing McMurdo, who was awarded costs, said: “I am delighted with this outcome. The last 17 months have been a difficult time for me and my family. I am pleased that I can now put this matter behind me. I would like to record my sincere thanks to Woodfines Solicitors, Mike, Chris and Lynda in particular for the tremendous work they have done throughout the last 17 months and massive thanks to Patrick for his work on the appeal. Finally, but importantly, I would like to thank all my family for the support given through this difficult time and I am most grateful to all my friends who have continued to have the confidence in

me and supported me throughout this challenging period.”