Drug dealer kept video as 'digital trophy' of attack on barrister and judge

By Geoffrey Bennett

Lucky Lane in Bedminster proved not to be lucky for Nic Carmichael.

For when police suspected him of dealing drugs in the area an investigation revealed he had "digital trophy" video of himself as a dealer.

And, if that wasn't enough, damning video footage of his involvement in a group attack on a district judge and barrister.

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Carmichael, 23, of College Court in Fishponds, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to the unprovoked attack in August 29 last year.

He also admitted possessing a blade, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a stun gun in September last year.

The recorder Mr Adam Vaitilingam QC jailed him for three years.

He told Carmichael: "You played a leading role in the attack.

"It was an extremely ugly event.

"Both men suffered significant injuries.

"You kept the phone for some sort of digital trophy for what you had done."

Robert Yates, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court that a barrister and district judge were returning home from an evening with friends at 1am in Harbourside.

Mr Yates said a group of around eight men came in the opposite direction and unleashed an unprovoked assault on the two, punching and kicking them.

The court heard the attack was filmed by a member of the group before the two victims were able to get away.

The judge suffered a broken nose in the attack while the barrister suffered a bleeding nose and a cut to the top of his nose.

Though the matter was reported to police the attackers were not identified.

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But the court heard that around a fortnight later police in Lucky Lane, Bedminster, suspected Carmichael of drug dealing and when they approached him he ran off.

Mr Yates said Carmichael threw an object as he fled, which turned out to be a knife.

After entering school grounds he injured himself plunging down a large drop, headed for woodland but was arrested.

Police seized 8.5g of cannabis, a mobile phone and £835.55 cash from him.

When police examined the phone they found a video of the assault on the two men.

They also found text messages consistent with drug dealing and footage of Carmichael with drugs and cash.

The police inquiry also found Carmichael in possession of a working stun gun.

The recorder confiscated drugs, drugs paraphernalia, the mobile phone, knife, stun gun and cash.

Giles Nelson, defending, said his client had been largely supplying cannabis to friends.

He said that, mercifully, the assault on the two men appeared to be brief.

But he told the court: "It's a really unpleasant incident.

"I'm not going to get away from that."

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