UPDATE: Chinn and another man remanded in custody

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Thursday, 4.30pm: MULTI-MILLIONAIRE businessman Michael Chinn and Spalding man Luke Arons were today remanded in custody on a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Chinn, whose companies have an annual turnover of £30million, was jailed for 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court in December after a jury found him guilty of wounding a former girlfriend in Spalding nightclub Loaded.

Chinn (37), of Old Fendike Road, Weston Hills appeared before magistrates last week charged with perverting the course of justice between October 1 and November 6 last year by offering to pay Arons and Cheri-Leigh Lincoln – both of whom had made statements in the trial against him – not to attend court.

Arons (32), of Monkshouse Lane, Spalding, is also charged with perverting the course of justice by agreeing with Chinn to not attend court where he was due to give evidence for the prosecution in return for payment and that he contacted Ms Lincoln, on behalf of Chinn, to offer her payment not to attend court.

Both men today appeared in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court where they spoke only to confirm their names. No pleas were entered and Recorder Nirmil Shant QC remanded both men in to custody until June 1 when they will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court.

Monday, 5.30pm: A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE businessman who was convicted of bottling a woman in a nightclub is back in prison after being charged with perverting the course of justice.

Michael Chinn (37), of Old Fendike Road, Weston Hills, was arrested at his home on Wednesday. He had only recently been released after serving time for the nightclub incident.

He appeared before Grantham magistrates on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice between October 1 and November 6 last year by offering to pay Luke Arons and Cheri-Leigh Lincoln, both of whom had made statements in the trial against him, to not attend court.

Arons (32), of Monkshouse Lane, Spalding, also appeared at court charged with perverting the course of justice by agreeing with Chinn to not attend court where he was due to give evidence for the prosecution in return for payment and that he contacted Ms Lincoln, on behalf of Chinn, to offer her payment not to attend court.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

Meghan Davies (22), from Northorpe Road, Donington, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and bailed until March 30.

The new charges follow Chinn losing a bid to get his name cleared at the Court of Appeal on Thursday, where Lord Justice Aikens, who heard the case with Mr Justice Field and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, said the conviction was “safe”.

Chinn was jailed for 15 months after he was found guilty of wounding Meghan Davies.

He was accused of throwing glass bottles at two women – Ms Lincoln and Ms Davies – at Spalding’s Loaded nightclub on September 30, 2010.

He was acquitted of attacking Ms Lincoln, but convicted of wounding Ms Davies, partly on the back of evidence from a woman who said she watched the incident.

At his appeal, Chinn’s barrister, Anthony Montgomery, argued that a statement made by the woman to police should not have gone before the jury.

In her statement, she told police she saw Chinn throw the bottle, which missed her, but struck Ms Davies, causing a large cut to her forehead.

Mr Montgomery said evidence of her statement was “hearsay” and should not have been allowed to go before the jury.

Giving judgment, Lord Justice Aikens said: “We are satisfied that the statements that identified and described the appellant and the fact it was him who threw a glass bottle at Ms Davies are admissible in the circumstances of this case.

“Having considered all the points raised, we have concluded that the conviction was safe. Accordingly, this appeal must be dismissed.”