Actor Stephen Tompkinson is to face trial within the North East subsequent yr accused of causing grievous physically hurt.
The 56-year-old, highest recognized for starring as Inspector Alan Banks in ITV crime collection DCI Banks, seemed by means of video hyperlink at Newcastle Crown Court docket from an undisclosed location for a plea listening to lately.
He showed his identification and when the fee of causing grievous physically hurt was once put to him, he spoke back “no longer responsible”.
The fee alleges he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous physically hurt on any other guy on Sunday, Might 30, final yr.
It’s understood it arose from a disagreement outdoor an deal with in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, the place the actor was once residing on the time.
The court docket was once instructed he’s to say self-defence at trial.
Following his no longer responsible plea, discussions came about between prosecuting suggest Tom Mitchell, and defence barrister Adam Birkby as to an acceptable trial date.
It was once agreed it might be most likely to last as long as 5 days, however it will neatly be concluded inside 4 days, until there may be any contentious scientific proof over the complainant’s accidents.
A get started date was once agreed as Tuesday Might 2, to be heard by means of The Recorder of Newcastle, Pass judgement on Paul Sloan.
The timetable agreed method the prosecution will have to publish its case by means of October 19, with a defence observation to be ready and submitted by means of November 16.
A pre-trial listening to, if thought to be vital, will happen sooner than Pass judgement on Sloan on February 24, however Mr Tomkinson isn’t required to wait.
As complaints had been about to conclude lately, Mr Birkby mentioned to Pass judgement on Robert Adams that the case, “for glaring causes”, has attracted well-liked media passion.
He mentioned: “Probably the most reporting has been faulty and, at worst, rather salacious.
“I don’t counsel, and would by no means counsel, the clicking must learn what to put in writing.
“However, it’s necessary to notice he’s pleaded no longer responsible and the problem is considered one of self-defence.”
Pass judgement on Adams mentioned the media, “will have to watch out in reporting this to make sure what is claimed is correct and on no account prejudices a good trial subsequent yr.”
Addressing Mr Tompkinson, he mentioned: “Your trial will happen on Might 2 subsequent yr.
“Bail is enlarged in the similar phrases as sooner than.”
He added that the defendant will have to publish his defence observation by means of November 16.
The Stockton-born actor, who lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, seemed at a listening to sooner than magistrates in Newcastle final month, when he additionally denied the offence, and the case was once despatched to the crown court docket.
Mr Tompkinson was a family title after starring as Father Peter Clifford within the television drama Ballykissangel, in 1996.
In the similar yr, he seemed as ‘Phil’ in hit movie Brassed Off.
Different notable television credit come with Drop The Lifeless Donkey, Wild At Center, Minder, New Methods, Grafters and Ted And Alice.
He was once in DCI Banks for 6 years till the display was once axed in 2016.
Later this yr, Mr Tompkinson, who lately starred as Frank Bryant in a level adaptation of Instructing Rita, is because of function in ITV drama The Lengthy Shadow about Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe.
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