A HIGH PROFILE businessman has been put behind bars after being found guilty of throwing a glass at a former girlfriend at Loaded nightclub in Spalding.
Michael Chinn (37) was remanded in custody on Monday after being convicted of wounding Meghan Davis. He denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Lincoln Crown Court.
The businessman (pictured right), who told the court his companies have an annual turnover of £30million, denied wounding Miss Davis’ friend Cheri-Leigh Lincoln during the incident and was cleared of that by the judge’s directions after the jury heard there was no evidence as to who threw an object which left her with a cut to the head.
At the end of the trial Judge Sean Morris adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report and told Chinn: “I am not prepared to grant bail. You will be remanded in custody.”
Miss Davis, who told the jury that she had previously dated Chinn, said she was with friends including Miss Lincoln in the Westlode Street club when there was “a commotion” around the bar area which resulted in Chinn being led away by his private security staff.
She said: “I heard a commotion and the next thing I knew a glass was coming through the air towards me. It hit me on the head. I was bleeding quite heavily. The glass was thrown. I saw it being thrown by Michael Chinn. I saw his hand going back and the action of throwing.”
Miss Davis was helped from the bar area and later taken to hospital along with Miss Lincoln who was left with blood pouring from her head after being struck with an object. Miss Lincoln said she did not see who threw the item nor did she realise she had been hit until she felt blood.
In evidence Chinn said Miss Davis’ brother Michael had been “mouthing off” at him during the evening and as a result his personal security staff moved him (Chinn) away.
He said: “I was walking off then a load of liquid went over my back and my shirt got soaked. I reacted and gestured but then my guys just grabbed hold of me and took me to the doors.
“I was pulled out of a bad situation. I didn’t throw anything. Not a bottle, not a tumbler, not a thing. I know I didn’t throw anything so I’ve got nothing to prove.”
Chinn told the jury he took his private security staff with him whenever he went out because he had been targeted.
He added: “I own several companies. They turnover £30million a year. It causes a few problems. I’ve been spat at and targeted so that’s why I have to have security.”
Chinn, of Old Fendike Road, Weston Hills, denied unlawfully wounding Miss Davis and Miss Lincoln on October 1, 2010.