…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Actor Stephen Tompkinson is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court, accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Karl Poole in May 2021.
The 57-year-old DCI Banks star’s neighbour, Caroline Davidson, testified that she saw Tompkinson slap and punch Poole in the head after asking him to move away from his home in the early hours of the morning.
Davidson said she was woken up by “hysterical laughter” and saw two men lying on the floor.
She stated that Tompkinson had gone outside to confront the two men, who were drunk and making noise outside his house, before calling the police to have them removed.
Davidson told the court that Tompkinson was making hand movements to ask the two men to move away and pulled his fist back at one point, but then put it down before walking back towards his house.
She said that the two men attempted to walk away, but Tompkinson came out again, and “slapped one of the gentlemen, the one without the top on, with his right hand and then punched him on the head with his left hand.”
Davidson testified that Poole stumbled backwards, hit his head on the ground, and did not move.
Tompkinson denies the charge of grievous bodily harm.
The incident highlights the importance of self-defence laws and how they can be interpreted in court.
In this case, Tompkinson claims that he acted in self-defence after the two men came towards him.
However, the witnesses’ testimonies have contradicted his version of events, and the prosecution argues that his actions were not justifiable.
The case also highlights the issue of excessive force and how it can lead to severe consequences.
Tompkinson’s alleged actions resulted in Poole suffering from grievous bodily harm, which could have been avoided if he had used appropriate force or called the police.
The case has garnered significant media attention due to Tompkinson’s celebrity status, but it also raises questions about how we deal with situations where our safety feels threatened.
While it is natural to want to defend ourselves, it is essential to consider the consequences of our actions and ensure that they are reasonable and proportionate.
The court will need to determine whether Tompkinson’s actions were justifiable or whether he acted beyond the scope of reasonable self-defence.