Top doc­tor ac­cused of punch­ing teenage girl

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A TOP gy­nae­col­o­gist punched a 16-year-old girl and threat­ened to have his part­ner’s ex-hus­band ‘taken out,’ a court heard.

Pro­fes­sor Lu­ciano Nardo is on trial ac­cused of as­sault­ing the teenager out­side his then part­ner Vic­to­ria Cook’s home in Wilm­slow.

He is also ac­cused of as­sault­ing Ms Cook’s ex-hus­band Stu­art Davies and his fa­ther Den­nis Davies.

Prof Nardo de­nies all charges. Giv­ing ev­i­dence at Tameside mag­is­trates’ court, Stu­art Davies said Prof Nardo re­peat­edly shouted ‘f*** off’ at him and threat­ened to have him ‘taken out’ dur­ing a row on Ms Cook’s drive­way.

Mr Davies, 46 said: “Be­cause of his Ital­ian ac­cent I joked ‘What by, the Mafia?’ and he said ‘No, I have the money, I know peo­ple.’ I was gob­s­macked.”

Dur­ing the al­leged at­tack on Barlow Road on Sun­day, Jan­uary 20, Mr Davies said Prof Nardo punched him from be­hind on the shoul­der, punched him in the face and pushed him into a neigh­bour’s gar­den.

The court heard Prof Nardo, who, ac­cord­ing to his pro­file on the Re­pro­duc­tive Health Group’s web­site, is a visit­ing pro­fes­sor at Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity, then punched a teenage girl.

Mr Davies said: “As I was try­ing to get my­self back up, he had rage in his eyes.

“He punched her [the 16-year-old girl] to the face, but luck­ily she man­aged to put her arms up and blocked the punch.

“I raced over to pro­tect her. That’s when I first punched him in self

Pro­fes­sor Lu­ciano Nardo de­nies three charges of as­sault by beat­ing de­fence to the cheek bone. That sent him stum­bling back­wards. I said ‘That’s it now, I’m call­ing the po­lice.’

“He punched me to the face, I hit him in self de­fence to the nose. That sent him to the floor.

“He came run­ning at me and at­tacked me from be­hind. He did a fly­ing kick into my back. It sent me fly­ing into the road. I re­mem­ber a car just missed my head.

“He kicked me maybe 10 to 15 times. I just curled up into a ball.”

Mr Davies, who at one point of his ev­i­dence broke down in tears, de­scribed the al­leged at­tack as ‘one big night­mare that I want to go away.’

He added: “It has af­fected me per­son­ally on ev­ery level.”

Prof Nardo is also ac­cused of as­sault­ing Den­nis Davies, who had the doc­tor in a head­lock fol­low­ing the al­leged at­tack in the road. Giv­ing ev­i­dence via video link, the 16-year-old girl said she suf­fered bruis­ing to the un­der­side of her left arm af­ter block­ing Prof Nardo’s punch.

Michael Hay­ton QC, de­fend­ing, said there were sev­eral dis­crep­an­cies be­tween Mr Davies’ ev­i­dence in court and the state­ment he gave to the po­lice on the night of the al­leged at­tack. Mr Hay­ton ac­cused Mr Davies of ‘grotesquel­y ex­ag­ger­at­ing the in­ci­dent be­cause you re­ally do not like this guy [Prof Nardo],’ adding: “What you are do­ing is ex­ag­ger­at­ing and em­bel­lish­ing as you go along.

“You were the vi­o­lent one that night be­cause this man had moved into your former home.”

Prof Nardo, 43, of Edge View Cres­cent, Alder­ley Edge, de­nies three charges of as­sault by beat­ing.

The trial is due to recom­mence to­mor­row.

Pro­ceed­ing

Michael Hay­ton QC

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