A businessman has been cleared of racially abusing a passer-by and attacking her boyfriend.
Boda Gallon, a chief executive, and his friend Michael Jurowski, were accused of targeting a couple as they passed them during a night out in Newcastle.
Mr Gallon, who heads Keiro and runs Chase Park Neuro Centre in Whickham, Gateshead, was said to have racially abused Vicky Midlane then attacked her boyfriend.
However the charges against Mr Gallon and co-accused Mr Jurowski were dismissed after a trial at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
A row flared when Miss Midlane and her partner, Christopher Charlton, and others, were on their way up some steps in the Ouseburn area, near the Free Trade pub, on their way to Hoults Bar, on the night of July 26 last year.
Miss Midlane claimed she heard someone from Mr Gallon’s group shout a racist remark towards her. A row erupted and Miss Midlane said she suffered concussion, bruising to her face and a grazed elbow and needed hospital treatment.
Mr Charlton said he suffered a broken nose, bruising and scratches to his neck.
Mr Gallon, 42, of Wilson Gardens, Gosforth, Newcastle, was found not guilty of common assault on Mr Charlton, racially aggravated harassment and using threatening words.
Mr Jurowski, 43, of Chase Meadows, Blyth, was found not guilty of common assault on Miss Midlane and her friend, Samuel Higgins. As well as running Chase Park, Mr Gallon has recently taken on one of his biggest projects to date.
The Gateway in Middlesbrough is the first facility of its kind in the UK, featuring not only rehabilitation services for people who have suffered brain injuries or have neurological problems, but a specialist community wellbeing hub, and transitional housing in partnership with Erimus Housing. In an interview with the Journal last year, the chief executive said he hoped Keiro would double both his current £3m turnover and 100-stong team of employees within only a couple of years.
Mr Gallon is an established judo player and completed a business studies degree at Liverpool University before going on to do an MSc in property development at Manchester. During his studies, he undertook research for engineering and project management company Amec.
Then, when his father had a spell of poor health, he got involved in the family business, the Millfield House Care Home.