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Father and son standing trial in assault accusation
2:00pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
A FATHER and son are standing trial accused of assault on the night of the young man’s 18th birthday.
Jacob Charlton, aged 20 and his father, Stephen James Palmer, are jointly charged along with 20-year-old Robin Michael Brown on one count of assault and one count of affray.
Palmer, aged 44, is also is also on trial accused of two further counts of common assault.
The court heard that Palmer became aggressive in the early hours of November 25, 2010, after one of the group was refused service at Aura nightclub, Weymouth.
He attacked a bouncer who was escorting the young man out of the building, it is alleged.
Palmer is then accused of assaulting the off-duty manager of Aura, who was in the club with friends.
Giving evidence, the off-duty manager said he had been trying to radio police when Palmer assaulted him and almost pushed him over railings.
The court was shown CCTV of inside Aura nightclub on the night of the alleged assault.
The manager denied a suggestion made by Leslie Smith, defending Palmer, that he had been looking for a fight.
The court heard that after leaving Aura, Palmer and Charlton, of Greenhill, and Brown, of Parkmead Road, then assaulted a member of staff from The Dorothy Inn.
All three deny the charges.
The trial continues.