Cou­ple fac­ing as­sault claim


Sunday Sun - - News - SARA NICHOL Re­porter sara.nichol@ncjme­

A HUS­BAND and wife have ap­peared to­gether in court ac­cused of at­tack­ing an­other cou­ple at a pub.

Steven and Deanne Clark are al­leged to have as­saulted the man and woman, also mar­ried, dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion at the Three Horse Shoes, in Blyth, Northum­ber­land, on Septem­ber 16.

Steven, 43, is sus­pected of se­ri­ously in­jur­ing the male and of pos­sess­ing a claw ham­mer, while his wife, is ac­cused of at­tack­ing the fe­male.

The pair, of Park Farm Cot­tages, Blyth, ap­peared at South East Northum­ber­land Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Steven faced one count each of wound­ing with in­tent, pos­sess­ing a claw ham­mer in pub- lic, crim­i­nal dam­age, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­sur­ance and com­mon as­sault re­lat­ing to the al­leged fe­male vic­tim.

Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the first charge, no pleas were take from him.

Deanne, 38, faces one count of as­sault­ing the fe­male oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, which she de­nied.

Ian Jor­dan, de­fend­ing, said the wound­ing with in­tent charge could only be heard at the crown court and, as ev­ery­thing was linked, all the other mat­ters should be sent there.

He added: “Ob­vi­ously, the wound­ing of­fence is in­dictable only and the other mat­ters are con­nected. Deanne Clark’s charge is also con­nected. It’s all part-and-par­cel of one in­ci­dent.”

The court was told the driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­sur­ance mat­ter re­lated to Steven al­legedly driv­ing a Land Rover, while his crim­i­nal dam­age charge con­cerned him al­legedly dam­ag­ing a car.

Re­leas­ing the pair on un­con­di­tional bail, District Judge Bernard Be­g­ley said: “I’m al­lo­cat­ing both these cases to the crown court as it’s my view that any trial would be joint in the cir­cum­stances.”

The cou­ple will next ap­pear at New­cas­tle Crown Court on De­cem­ber 7.

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