De­fen­dant pre­vi­ously at­tacked bailiff

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.