A BRITISH army officer and a bartender involved in a Wan Chai fight that left another army officer in a coma were discharged yesterday after signing a good behaviour bond to keep the peace for six months. Patrick Russell, 38, a warrant officer with the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, and barman Frank Morrell, 24, were charged with fighting in a public place. They pleaded not guilty. But when they agreed to be bound over for the sum of $750 each, the Crown offered no evidence against them and Eastern Court Magistrate Jonathan Acton-Bond discharged them. In the early hours of April 14 this year, Morrell and some colleagues were celebrating his birthday at Joe Bananas nightclub in Wan Chai. Morrell and girlfriend Denise Kennaugh began arguing outside the nightclub. He slapped her face. Russell, who saw the incident and approached intending to stop the quarrel, started fighting with Morrell and others. Two managers working at the Big Apple nightclub opposite Joe Bananas also witnessed the incident in Luard Road. Morrell and Russell were arrested. After being bound over, Morrell told the court that he was still with his girlfriend and planned to stay in the territory until Christmas. Russell said he was happy with the result. His lawyer David Ash, who serves British military units, said a huge amount of taxpayers' money had been saved by stopping the case. Captain Christopher Richard Burke, 26, left in a coma after the fight, is expected to appear in court on November 16 charged with wounding. A fourth man, Andrew Robert Lewens, 28, is also facing a count of wounding. A trial date of August 30 was set for him.