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Mistaken identity appeal bid

PUBLISHED: 18:04 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

A MAN jailed for seven years for glassing a clubber has won the right to appeal after claiming witnesses did not pick him out of an identity parade.

A MAN jailed for seven years for glassing a clubber has won the right to appeal after claiming witnesses did not pick him out of an identity parade.

Salam Khan, 27, of Manthorpe Road, Greenwich, was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm at Southwark Crown Court in March 2007 after a jury found he had slashed the face of Costa Louizou with a broken bottle, at a club in East London.

But last Thursday at the Court of Appeal he won the right to appeal after claiming he was a victim of mistaken identity.

Mrs Justice Rafferty, sitting with Judge Michael Mettyear, said most of the ensuing fight was captured on CCTV - but it did not show who had inflicted the injuries on Mr Louizou.

She added that most of the major players in the fight were 'in drink'.

She said: "We express no opinion as to the likelihood of success in this appeal, or otherwise, but we are satisfied that Mr Corrigan must have the opportunity to advance to the full court the entire context of his anxieties."

His lawyer, Peter Corrigan QC, told the court his client had not been involved in the violence.

It was the prosecution case that Khan and his co-defendant, Abdul Khoyer, rowed with Mr Louizou in a Clerkenwell club in January 2006. Mr Louizou left, but waited for Khan and Khoyer outside.

Khoyer, a lso 27, of Croft Street, Greenwich, was granted leave to appeal against his sentence. He was found guilty of the same offence and also jailed for seven years.

No date was set for the full hearing of the pair's appeals.

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