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Cage fighter Ronnie 'Kid Ninja' Mann hits out at sentence for 'thug' Jed Dicks

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 01, 2013

  • Jed Dicks outside court

  • Ronnie Mann

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CAGE fighter Ronnie Mann has branded the sentence received by the "thug" who left him permanently disfigured as "a joke".

The professional cage fighter, who is known as "Kid Ninja", was left facially scarred after being attacked with a broken bottle outside a Cheltenham nightclub.

He hit back at his assailant Jed Dicks, leaving the 22-year-old unable to walk after the beating.

But yesterday, after hearing Dicks, of Selkirk Gardens, Pittville, Cheltenham, had not been sentenced to prison, Mr Mann hit out. "I think it's a bit of a joke. I feel let down by the criminal justice system," he said.

Judge William Hart sentenced Dicks to 12 months jail, suspended for 18 months.

Dicks was also ordered to pay Mr Mann £500 in compensation and to do 100 hours of unpaid work and attend 22 days of a thinking skills programme and 10 days of education and employment training.

Mr Mann, who is also known as 'Iron', said: "He's a thug. I feel like I now have to constantly watch my back. There is no doubt I could have overwhelmed him in a fight, but I'm a professional and I don't want violence on the streets and that's why I went to the police.

"I feel if it was the other way around I would have been sent to prison because I'm a professional. Perhaps they feel like I should be able to take care of myself and that's wrong really because I'm a normal person."

Ronnie said his scar was very visible and he had lost a potential £5,000 because his injuries meant he had been unable to train for a fight in America.

"The £500 compensation doesn't really cut it," he added.

Dicks pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding Bangkok- born Mann, who has won 21 of his 27 fights as a mixed martial artist.

The two men were both outside Lace club in Albion Street, at 3.30am on December 18, 2010, when the offence happened.

Prosecutor Tim Hills said Dicks was holding a bottle when he left the nightclub and he then got into an argument with another man.

The bottle broke but Dicks kept holding it, then went to grab the other man, slipped on the ice, and as, Dicks lashed out at the other man, hit Mr Mann in the face instead.

Mr Mann "meted out some violence of his own on the defendant" before going home and two days later he went to hospital for treatment to his facial cut, Mr Hills said.

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  • geraint2010  |  March 01 2013, 3:15PM

    Calm down Vicki dear! In no way was I defending the despicable attack on Ronnie Mann, which is why I used the term "idiots" to describe such perpetrators. I was merely telling things the way they are, the way they always have been, and sadly are always likely to be. You're right I do not know much about cage fighting but I've learnt enough about boxing to know that those who build a bit of a reputation for themselves often have to watch their backs too. Unfair perhaps, but that's just the way it is. Oh and by the way Vicky, nobody but NOBODY deserves to be attacked with a broken bottle - regardless of whether they pay tax or not!

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 01 2013, 2:48PM

    The prosecutor Mr Cranfield said someone tried to take the bottle from Dicks, who slipped on the ice and at the same time swung out with the bottle.

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  • JustTrolling  |  March 01 2013, 2:04PM

    URL shorterner fail by the commenting system. Try again: http://tinyurl.com/d2rmrgg

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  • JustTrolling  |  March 01 2013, 2:01PM

    "Judge Jamie Tabor QC asked to see any CCTV available, as well as have a detailed case summary from the prosecution and a clear basis of plea from Dicks. Dicks would be going to prison but for how long would depend on factors which he was not yet clear about, he said" http://tinyurl.com/cljltlw "Dicks would be going to prison" - Really?

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  • mariajohns123  |  March 01 2013, 1:58PM

    he lied because he wrote 3 statements regarding the intimidating a witness and that was proved in court and it was proven he slipped on the ice and it also proves on the cctv that he was chased. the judge has obviously seen alot more evidence than what was printed in the paper

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  • G041201  |  March 01 2013, 1:24PM

    Maria please explain how Mr Mann lied in the court room? I won't argue over this but lets say it was you that had been physically scarred from an ATTACK. No he didn't slip and i am unable to understand how someone that leaves a nightclub after someone with a broken bottle after starting an argument inside could have people defending him saying it was an accident. It's comments like this and people that have the same mind set that make there think its acceptable to stab someone in the face.

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  • G041201  |  March 01 2013, 1:24PM

    Maria please explain how Mr Mann lied in the court room? I won't argue over this but lets say it was you that had been physically scarred from an ATTACK. No he didn't slip and i am unable to understand how someone that leaves a nightclub after someone with a broken bottle after starting an argument inside could have people defending him saying it was an accident. It's comments like this and people that have the same mind set that make there think its acceptable to stab someone in the face.

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  • G041201  |  March 01 2013, 1:24PM

    Maria please explain how Mr Mann lied in the court room? I won't argue over this but lets say it was you that had been physically scarred from an ATTACK. No he didn't slip and i am unable to understand how someone that leaves a nightclub after someone with a broken bottle after starting an argument inside could have people defending him saying it was an accident. It's comments like this and people that have the same mind set that make there think its acceptable to stab someone in the face.

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  • G041201  |  March 01 2013, 12:58PM

    Might I just add as well... He was also let off with witness intimidation... If he needed any justice for 'the beating he got' surely being let off for threatening to break someone's legs suffices

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  • mariajohns123  |  March 01 2013, 12:58PM

    i think the word 'Attack' should be used against mr mann isnt it him and another male that attacked jed dicks?? wasnt it them that ran after him while he was walking away on his own?? lets not forget the camera never lies and cctv shows mr dicks walking away and the the CAGE fighter and another male chasing him!! its typical of the echo to only print certain parts of the story buy maybe the reason the judge was so leniant is because he could see all evidence of self defence? and isnt it true in previous storyies that the injury sustained was by accident as another male grabbed dicks' arm which he was holding the bottle with and both slipped?? so i ask if mr mann is so proffessional why would he chase a man on his own around a corner? and his excuse was that he was worried what mr dicks was going to do with the bottle and wanted to disarm him? who is he trying to fool? was mr dicks really doing anything wrong walking away from an argument with his bottle of alcohol? cause in my opinion it doesnt make sense, oh and isnt it true mr mann admitted lieing in the court room a few weeks ago??, if you look up section 20 online it will tell you that the judge will have to put him in catergory 1 2 or 3 and if he really did ATTACK him he would be in jail so obviously the evidence points towards self defence!!!!

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