Attack outside Oceana nightclub in Nottingham 'left student in coma'
A STUDENT was in a coma for days after being attacked outside a city centre nightclub.
Pritesh Chauhan, 19, had to have part of his skull removed to stop swelling and drain fluid on his brain after the assault, a jury heard. He was left badly cut and bleeding near Oceana, Lower Parliament Street, on February 8.
Yesterday, three men went on trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of causing him grievous bodily harm.
Alexander Lee, 19, of Church Rise, south east London; Prasanth Thirumoorthy, 18, of Lopen Road, Edmonton, north London; and Mirhire Overo-Tarimo, 19, of Linwood Close, Camberwell, also south east London, deny the charge.
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Overo-Tarimo denies a second charge of assaulting Mr Chauhan's friend, Rajveer Gogna .
All three defendants were university students in Nottingham and had been out together on the night of the attack.
"Pritesh Chauhan, like these three defendants, had too much to drink and he, like them, was in a group of friends," prosecutor Luke Blackburn said.
The groups had been inside the club and did not come into contact with one another while they were there. Later in the evening, Mr Chauhan was thrown out. A short time later, Lee and Thirumoorthy were also thrown out in unrelated incidents.
The three of them ended up outside the club but with friends still inside. Eventually, Overo-Tarimo walked out and joined them.
"Over the course of the next ten minutes or so trouble developed between these two groups of young men," said Mr Blackburn.
"Pritesh Chauhan was being very mouthy. He was well in drink. "His friend, Rajveer Gogna, was trying to make him behave himself, sometimes just physically trying to make him behave himself.
"The three men in the dock just wouldn't let matters lie. They were not prepared to let Pritesh Chauhan continue to be mouthy, saying his piece loudly and drunkenly.
"These three men in the dock got wound up and together they attacked Pritesh Chauhan, very quickly and very violently.
"They attacked. There was also, as part of that attack, a less serious assault by Mirhire Overo-Tarimo on Rajveer Gogna, the friend of the injured party."
When they allegedly finished the attack, they left Mr Chauhan injured on the ground. Then they caught a taxi to their halls of residence and allegedly spoke about what they had done on the way.
The defendants were arrested and interviewed and denied doing anything wrong.
The case proceeds.