Northamptonshire nightclub customer denies causing grievous bodily harm after alleged assault

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A customer at a Northamptonshire nightclub has pleaded not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm after an incident which left a fellow reveller with a fractured skull.

William Pratt, 25, of Thrapston, appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court on Thursday to face the charge, which related to an incident which took place in the early hours of Sunday, November 23.

It is alleged Pratt punched a man outside a nightclub in the town centre at around 2am of the morning in question.

Prosecuting on Thursday, Vicki Walker, alleged that Pratt had become angered at the behaviour of a fellow customer, who security staff were in the process of ejecting from the premises.

Miss Walker said the victim had refused to leave the club and had taken a badge belonging to one of the security staff ‘in protest’.

She continued: “Outside he (Pratt) took it upon himself to get the badge back from the victim.

“He hit him and the victim fell to the floor and hit his head.

“The victim suffered a fracture to the skull and a bleed on the brain.”

Pratt pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrates bailed the defendant until Friday, June 12, to appear at Northampton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.