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Son of Norwich nightclub owner jailed for fight in city street

PUBLISHED: 19:50 14 May 2011

Dogan Peri

Dogan Peri

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The son of Norwich nightlub owner Steve Peri was jailed for 12 months for an affray in Prince of Wales Road, in what a judge described as a “misguided” attempt to help his father, who he felt was under threat.

Dogan Peri, 22, pictured, was said to have over-reacted when he came to the aid of his father who was attacked outside the Shoosh bar by Philip Cawley, hitting and injuring him with a metal bar, Norwich Crown Court heard. Mr Peri, 52, and his family own and run a number

of entertainment premises in Prince of Wales Road, including Mercy nightclub, Rocco’s bar and Pulse/Lace club and bar and Cawley was upset at being barred and had tried to fight Mr Peri. The whole incident was caught on CCTV.

Mr Peri and Mahmut Yenigun, 36, who runs the DFC takeaway, also on Prince of Wales Road were both cleared of affray following a trial but Dogan Peri and Cawley, 28 of Ruskin Road, both admitted affray on September 23, last year and appeared for sentence yesterday.

Jailing Dogan Peri, Recorder Stuart Bridge said: “You over-reacted. You armed yourself with a metal bar and ran at him.”

He said that he had caused a significant injury and said: “I accept it was a misuided and spontaneaous attempt to assist your father at a time of need.”

He jailed Cawley for 18 months and told him: “It is clear you were the instigator of the violence that occured on Prince of Wales Road. You had been barred from various nighclubs owned by the Peri family as a result of your behaviour and you, to put it mildly, did not take that well.”

He added: “On the night in question you had taken it upon yourself to find Steve Peri and having provoked an argument with him punched him in the face.”

He said that had caused an escalation in violence and he had continually tried to challenge Mr Peri to a fight and had refused to leave the area.

“He is a man who was more than 20 years older than you.”

He said that police had to finally use a taser gun on Cawley so he could be treated by ambulance staff.

Stephen Spence, for Dogan Peri, said that he had been woken from his bed to come to aid of his father and had been concerned so he had picked up an aluminium safety bar and ran to the defence of his father.

“It was a spontaneous act. He was not looking for trouble”

He said it was not the most serious affray.

Guy Ayers for Cawley said “At no time did he use a weapon. He was one against a number. He lost and suffered significant injury as a consequence of his behaviour.”

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