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Neck hole horror for nightclubber

PUBLISHED: 10:12 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

A CLUBBER told a court of the moment he put his fingers inside a gaping hole in his neck after being stabbed by a stranger.

A CLUBBER told a court of the moment he put his fingers inside a gaping hole in his neck after being stabbed by a stranger.

Claydon Millwood, 29, of Saunders Way, Thamesmead, appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday, charged with causing grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.

The court heard evidence from Nathan Vassell, who said he was standing in Thai Silk at the Millenium Dome on August 1 last year when he felt a sudden blow to the side of the neck.

When he put his hand up to check what had happened, jurors were told that his fingers slipped inside the knife wound.

Moments later, Millwood then allegedly hit Mr Vassell's brother Mario over the head with a broken bottle. Jurors heard the victims were celebrating Mario's birthday with a group of friends when they were attacked.

Mr Vassell said: "People were pushing each other and raising their voices. I felt a punch to my neck. I went to feel my neck and my fingers went inside my neck.

"When I pulled them out they were covered in blood.

!I saw a man in a red shirt run away. I had noticed him earlier but there had been no contact with him at all.

'I was feeling weak because I had seen the blood and was starting to panic. I was looking at him and at the same time looking for someone to help me. I had been stabbed in the neck.'

Mr Vassell was helped out of the club in Greenwich, southeast London and he grabbed hold of a tree to steady himself before paramedics arrived to stem the blood flowing from his neck.

A stunned Mr Vassell was taken to hospital where he received eight stitches in his neck before being allowed home to East Ham, east London the following day.

While Mr Vassell was being treated outside the club, his brother was subjected to a bottle attack, allegedly by the same man.

When Millwood was arrested that night, he denied stabbing Nathan and admitted hitting Mario in self-defence.

Millwood denies causing Nathan grievous bodily harm and Mario actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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