One less charge for one-punch accused to face in court

ONE of the charges against a Tamworth man accused of a one-punch attack has been dropped in court.

Crown prosecutor Mark Ferguson said the DPP was withdrawing one count of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company against accused attacker, 20-year-old Jack Stevenson.

However, Stevenson will fight one charge of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm after earlier pleading not guilty.

A key witness will now be called to give evidence in the case after Magistrate Roger Prowse gave the orders in Tamworth Local Court this week.

Solicitor for the accused, Jason Curtis, argued a number of people should be called to give evidence about what happened on the night of the alleged attack in Tamworth on November 8.

Mr Curtis said there was a “distinct lack of evidence of what the complainant was doing.”

But prosecutor Mark Ferguson argued against the application to call witnesses, stating that evidence should be given in the district court if the case is to go to trial.

He said the victim, 37-year-old Curtis Ay Shay, was not in a position to make any statement because he was still in hospital recovering.

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