Defendant previously attacked bailiff
Bruising to Andrew Jones’ right arm could be seen in photographs taken at the police station.
Hoskin denied grabbing the claimant, and claimed that after he approaching the photographer to ask what he was taking pictures of, Mr Jones gave him “quite a strong blow” to the side of his head with the back of his camera while holding the lens, causing him to stumble and fall.
He said he then took Mr Jones to the police station to perform a citizen’s arrest.
The prosecution argued the account had been fabricated, that Hoskin’s allegation of being hit by a camera was not mentioned in previous statements, and that there were no signs any injury had been recorded.
The prosecution also successfully argued for a previous actual bodily harm conviction from 2010 against a bailiff to be brought to magistrates’ attention in order to counter a “false impression” given by Hoskin that it was not in his nature to make threats.
While being questioned in court, Mr Jones, who denied the allegation made against him, said his camera was worth £8,000 and was his “livelihood”.