The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Man accused of assaulting judge

- BY EMMA BOWDEN

A man has appeared in court after allegedly assaulting a judge who was sentencing him for previous offences.

Khairi Saadallah denied common assault of District Judge Sophie Toms during a short hearing at Westminste­r Magistrate­s’ Court yesterday.

The alleged incident happened at Reading Magistrate­s’ Court on March 25, where the defendant was being sentenced for two previous conviction­s.

Saadallah was remanded in custody.

Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram told the court yesterday that he would not be able to hear the trial due to his profession­al connection with Judge Toms.

Saadallah, of Basingstok­e Road, Reading, will go on trial at Westminste­r Magistrate­s’ Court on October 11.

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