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Mass brawl outside Romanian bar La Gogu in Finchley Central was 'drunken free-for-all', says judge at Wood Green Crown Court
A holidaymaker chased several men down the street with a restaurant chair during an early-hours “drunken free-for-all”, a court heard today.
Bogdan Moboianu, 26, was handed four months in prison, already served, today for his part in the mass punch up involving up to 20 people at La Gogu bar, in Nether Street, Finchley Central, on May 22.
His co-defendant Kristian-Gheorge Culeci, 25, who admitted a charge of unlawful wounding, had his sentencing postponed to allow for reports on his dangerousness and for mitigation to be made.
Two men suffered what police described as life-changing knife injuries in the 4am fight, which was sparked between customers at closing time at the Romanian-owned venue.
Wood Green Crown Court heard today how police are still not sure how or why the fight, between groups of individuals who were not known to each other, began.
Prosecutor Richard Wood told the court that what was almost certain was that all of the participants had consumed vast amounts of alcohol.
La Gogu bar had its alcohol licence reviewed after the incident.
The court heard how Romanian national Moboianu had been living and working in Spain and was on holiday in London when he and Culeci visited the bar.
CCTV footage showed the pair exchange words with another party outside the restaurant before the start of the brawl, described by the judge as resembling “a drunken free-for-all”.
Mr Wood, for The Crown, said Moboianu could be seen on CCTV brandishing a chair above his head in the melee, before he chased others out of the restaurant and flung the makeshift weapon at one particular individual.
Peter Gray, defending Mobianu, told the court that his client being in the wrong place at the wrong time was “unfortunate”.
He added that the holidaymaker regretted his involvement and that he was largely defending his friend Culeci, who was being chased himself, having inflicted knife wounds on two others.
Before sentencing Moboianu, Judge Robert Morrison told Culeci he was facing a very serious charge, which will be dealt with at Wood Green Crown Court in October.
Sentencing Moboianu, who has no previous convictions for violence, Judge Morrison said: “This sort of incident is a reminder that you should walk away from trouble rather than towards it.”
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