A MAN has gone on trial accused of beating the father of his former partner on the doorstep of the man’s Saltash home.
Marc Nicholson, 33, of Plymouth, is accused of causing Phillip Connolly actual bodily harm in an argument that erupted after Nicholson called Mr Connolly’s daughter a slag.
A jury heard that Nicholson had an 11 year relationship with Michelle Connolly, which had broken down in 2011, and that the couple had two young daughters together.
In his trial, which started yesterday at Truro Crown Court, Nicholson denied the charge, claiming that Mr Connolly had been the one to attack him on June 30, last year at his home on Tamar Street in Saltash.
Jury members were shown pictures of the injuries suffered by both of the men, as well as shots of the blood spatter on a chair which had been nearby when the fight broke out.
Nicholson, of Channel Park Avenue, Efford, said: “He had me in a headlock and he was digging at my face. It was really hurting.
“I believe I hit him to get him off me, that’s all.”
Summing up the case, Garth Richardson for the CPS, told the court it was Nicholson who attacked Mr Connolly and had him in a headlock.
“We have got photos of Mr Connolly’s injuries and you can see quite easily the extent of them,” he said.
“Mr Connolly tells you that those injuries were caused by being head butted and him (Mr Connolly) being in a headlock and having several punches to his face.”
The trial continues.