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Colby man denies assault charge

Allegedly attacked man over argument about cigarettes

A court’s heard a Colby man’s alleged to have carried out a late-night attack after an argument about cigarettes.


20-year-old Calhoum Tyrer of Station Park appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes.


He pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in Castletown Square at 1.15am on 24 April.


Prosecution advocate Rebecca Cubbon said Mr Tyrer had been out that night drinking with friends when he met a man and asked him for a cigarette, only to turn violent when the man said no.


Miss Cubbon said after the man refused, Mr Tyrer tackled him to the ground and bit his thumb during a struggle.


The court heard his alleged victim needed hospital treatment for an open wound to his hand, and may require surgery after injuring his knee during the tussle.


He was later arrested, and when interviewed by police officers, Mr Tyrer claimed he’d been the victim of an unprovoked attack and had been defending himself.


Mrs Hughes said she was satisfied the sentencing powers of the summary court would be sufficient to deal with him if he was convicted of the offence, and bailed him to appear on 24 September for a pre-trial review.

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