Stag party duo to stay in Latvia

  • 2009-10-08
  • TBT Staff

Riga Central Prison where the pair was held for ten weeks

RIGA- The two men who were accused of assaulting apolice officer in Rigaon June 13, 2008 have been released from prison on bail. The men, DavidBirkinshaw and Matthew Neale were extradited to Latviain August and held at Riga'sCentral Prison.

The two deny the chargesof assault and trial proceedings have been adjourned until next Friday whenmore witnesses will testify in court.

"I was confident fromthe start, they're just delaying it another week, and then it will be over,"one of the defendants told journalists.

"He's not a child murderer. It's really big news over here butthat was over the top. It was shocking 's almost like they were animals beingwatched at a zoo or a circus," Charelle Neale, fiancée of Matthew Neal saidregarding the proceedings.

Juris Circens, the policemen in the incident claims he was headbutted five times, though security cameras in the bar did not support theclaims.

The incident occurred outsidepopular Riga bar Melnais Kakis when the two wereon a stag weekend in Latvia.If found guilty, the two will face seven years in prison. The trial will continueon October 16.