A charge of aggravated assault has been dropped against a 24-year-old Waterloo man.

The charge was dropped Monday morning, during a brief appearance in Guelph court by Bradley Larkin.

The charge stemmed from an altercation outside a downtown Guelph nightclub last November, which police say involved a 35-year-old man hitting his head on the pavement, and ending up in hospital in critical condition.

Larkin’s lawyer says his client was a manager at the nightclub, and the altercation was the result of him being afraid for his well-being and that of the other people in the establishment.

“He reasonably removed a patron who was in contravention of the Liquor Licence Act, and who was causing a disturbance,” lawyer Bernard Cummins said outside court.

“The Crown came to the conclusion that there wasn’t a reasonable prospect of conviction.”

Larkin is the son of Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin.

With reporting by Alexandra Pinto