Man found guilty of shooting nightclub doorman

A 29-year-old Leicester man has been found guilty of deliberately shooting a doorman after being ejected from a city centre night club.

Theodore Antonio (known as Anton) Paget had been escorted from Sub8ten’s basement, known as The Dungeon, at around 6am on 8 May last year.

Furious at being ejected from the King Street club, Paget became involved in an argument with several people outside the premises before taking the handgun from his waistband and holding it in the face of one of the doormen.

Fellow door supervisor Dan Lewis stepped in to help protect his colleague and to disarm Paget, at which point Paget shot Mr Lewis in the groin.

Paget, of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding 32-year-old Mr Lewis, but had denied the more serious charge of GBH.

But today, after a trial at Leicester Crown Court, he was found guilty of the more serious charge.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a prohibited firearm, and to a further charge of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He will be sentenced on Thursday (13 July).

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Chris Fox said: “This was a violent assault on a man who had stepped in to protect a colleague in the face of some considerable danger.

“As a result of the injury he sustained, he had to undergo intensive surgery, and spent many months recovering from his ordeal.

“I hope today’s verdict will allow him to move forward and start to put the events of that day behind him.

“I hope this case also serves as the strongest of warnings to anyone who illegally carries a firearm that we will pursue you and bring you to justice.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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