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UPDATE: Rape trial collapses after defendant assaulted in courtroom

UPDATE: Rape trial collapses after defendant assaulted in courtroom
UPDATE: Rape trial collapses after defendant assaulted in courtroom

UPDATE: Rape trial collapses after defendant assaulted in courtroom

A RAPE trial has collapsed after the accused man was left shocked and bruised by an attack in the courtroom.
Shaid Hanif was set upon as he walked to the dock yesterday morning shortly before the complainant was due to be cross-examined behind screens.
His trial at Bradford Crown Court was halted while he was treated in hospital for bruising and prescribed painkillers.
This morning, Judge Penelope Belcher discharged the jury at the request of Hanif's barrister, Holly Betke.
Miss Betke said Hanif had been the victim of a serious assault by a man who was in the public gallery.


He was left "shocked and shaken" and upset that his assailant had received a police caution for the attack.
He felt unable to concentrate on the trial.
The court heard the attacker was cautioned because he had no previous convictions.
David Gordon, for the prosecution, argued against an adjournment, saying the alleged offence was more than a year old and the complainant was part-way through the trial.
Also, it would be six to nine months before the case could be relisted.
Judge Belcher said: "This defendant faces a very serious allegation and must be properly fit to defend himself."




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