Actor Stephen Tompkinson, 56, will face trial subsequent yr after pleading now not responsible to GBH in ‘self defence’ assault that ‘left sufferer with a fractured cranium and not able to paintings’
- Actor, who performed Alan Banks in ITV collection DCI Banks, pleaded now not responsible to GBH
- He allegedly left a person with a double cranium fracture in a struggle outdoor his house
- He’ll face a jury trial on Might 2 and a possible five-year sentence if convicted
British actor Stephen Tompkinson is to stand trial subsequent yr after showing in court docket as of late and denying a fee of causing grievous physically hurt.
The 56-year-old, perfect identified for enjoying on-screen detective Inspector Alan Banks in ITV crime drama collection DCI Banks, now faces a jury trial because of get started subsequent Might.
Right through a listening to at Newcastle Crown Court docket this morning, Tompkinson, who seemed by the use of video hyperlink from an undisclosed location, pleaded now not responsible to a fee of grievous physically hurt.
He’s accused of ‘unlawfully and maliciously’ causing grievous physically hurt on Karl Poole on Might 30 ultimate yr in a struggle outdoor his house.
His attorney mentioned he’ll argue it used to be an issue of self-defence at subsequent yr’s trial. The actor may just face a five-year jail time period if he’s discovered responsible.
British TV legend Stephen Tompkinson has allegedly left a father with a double cranium fracture after beating him up. Pictured in 2019 with actress Jessica Johnson with whom he starred in a theatre manufacturing of Teaching Rita
Tompkinson, who has additionally starred as Marcus in Chancer, Damien Day in Drop the Useless Donkey and Danny Travanion in Wild at Middle, denies the fee. Pictured as persona of Alan Banks in DCI Banks
The sufferer used to be allegedly left with a double cranium fracture and is known not to take into accout a lot of the bust-up. He has reportedly been left not able to paintings.
Tompkinson, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, confirmed no emotion or response all the way through the listening to.
An additional pre-trial listening to will happen on February 24, which Tomkinson does now not have to wait.
Adam Birkby, protecting the actor, mentioned the case has attracted ‘really extensive passion’, stressing the significance of Tompkinson’s proper to an excellent trial.
Mr Birkby added: ‘It will be important for everybody to notice, he has pleaded now not responsible and the problem to be attempted is one in every of self defence.’
Pass judgement on Robert Adams granted Tompkinson conditional bail and prompt him to keep up a correspondence along with his solicitor and attend at court docket at the trial date.
The actor showed he understood what were mentioned on the listening to and thanked the court docket at its conclusion.
Tompkinson was a family identify after starring as Father Peter Clifford in 1996’s Ballykissangel, in the similar yr showing in hit movie Brassed Off as persona Phil.
He just lately starred in a degree adaptation of Teaching Rita as Frank Bryant, is because of function in ITV drama The Lengthy Shadow, about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, later this yr.
Different notable TV credit come with Drop The Useless Donkey, Wild At Middle, Minder, New Methods, Grafters and Ted And Alice.
The jury trial set to begin on Might 2 subsequent yr and may just take as much as 5 days.