Man convicted for assault outside of The Page in Portsmouth
BRENTWOOD – A Portsmouth man has been convicted for beating another man outside of The Page Restaurant last July, prompting a judge to revoke his bail until his sentencing next month.
Josiah Mayo, 26, was found guilty of first- and second-degree assault for kicking Zachary Green last July 15 outside of the now-closed downtown nightspot.
A jury convicted Mayo on Thursday after a four-day trial in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Mayo had argued that he acted in self defense. Closing arguments
The case was one of a series of prosecutors for the now-closed Portsmouth nightspot.
"It was a tough prosecution because a number of the former employees of The Page were uncooperative," County Attorney James Reams said.
Reams credited his two prosecutors with tackling a tough case.
"Patricia Conway and Katherine Crawford did a great job of presenting the evidence over all of the obstacles and the short time that the jury deliberated tells us that the jury saw through the obstructions," Reams said.
Judge N. William Delker, who presided over the trial, revoked Mayo's bail pending his sentencing set to take place within the next 30 days, according to Reams.
The jury viewed photographs of the scene where the assault took place and watched video footage recorded by outdoor security cameras owned by The Page. The video footage showed Green leaving the dance club with friends, but not the attack.
At least two state witnesses who were with Green on the night he was hit told the jury that they saw their friend fall to the ground, but they failed to identify Mayo, or describe the alleged assailant.
Prosecutors argued that Mayo knocked Green unconscious by striking him in the head.
The Page Restaurant closed its doors permanently on June 21 in the wake of another assault on its lower-level dance floor near closing time on April 6.
Zachary O'Neill, 24, of Dover is charged with manslaughter and first-degree assault for beating 24-year-old Joshua Krantz, who died hours later from his injuries. Police say O'Neill attacked Krantz, of Dover, because he spilled a drink on him earlier in the night.
A Jan. 27 trial date has been set for O'Neill case.