Burger queue man ‘brain dam­aged by sin­gle punch’

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AN IT con­sul­tant was left brain dam­aged af­ter he asked a fel­low cus­tomer in a Burger King queue to be quiet and was knocked un­con­scious, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Mark Gregg ( above) was try­ing to make a phone call as he waited in the King’s Cross branch of the fast food res­tau­rant.

He asked Karl Ak­ers, 30, to lower his voice and the jury heard he re­sponded by felling him with a sin­gle punch.

Ak­ers and an ac­com­plice left the sta­tion and then re­turned, swapped jack­ets and boarded a train to Steve­nage, Herts.

Anita Arora, prose­cut­ing, said the ac­com­plice, who is not be­fore the court, had ear­lier ad­mit­ted a bat­tery charge be­fore mag­is­trates, while Ak­ers de­nies in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent.

Ak­ers was ar­rested two months later on July 14 and taken to Steve­nage po­lice sta­tion where he claimed he acted in self-de­fence.

He claimed the blow was a ‘pre-emp­tive strike as he feared Mr Gregg was go­ing to hurt him’.

Ak­ers, of Ben­ing­ton, Steve­nage, de­nies in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent and an al­ter­na­tive count with­out in­tent.

The trial con­tin­ues.

It’s hard to pick a favourite out

of this lot! PH­WOAR! She’s got a good to firm pair!

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