Sowerby Bridge bouncer denies using weapon to attack man after headbutt

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A doorman accused of attacking a man after a disturbance outside a Sowerby Bridge nightspot has denied hitting him over the head with a weighted bag or sock.

The prosecution has alleged that Luke Noble, 25, had been seeking revenge for an earlier headbutt when he wounded Joseph Stead in June last year.

But Noble, of Manor Croft, Hebden Bridge, has pleaded not guilty to the wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm charge and he told a jury at Bradford Crown Court that he hadn’t hit Mr Stead over the head.

The jury was shown CCTV footage from outside the Bridges Bar which showed the moment one of Mr Stead’s group headbutted the doorman causing his nose to bleed.

Noble told the jury that after the incident members of the group continued to be abusive from across the road and he alleged that at one stage Mr Stead picked up a piece of stone.

Noble explained that a more senior colleague turned up and he later accompanied him down the road to speak to Mr Stead and his friends.

But Noble alleged that Mr Stead ran towards him with his fist up ready for a fight and they became involved in a tussle.

Noble said punches were exchanged but he then threw Mr Stead off him and went back to the club.

“It’s been suggested you hit him over the head. Did you?” asked barrister David McGonigal.

“No,” replied Noble.

“Did you see him with an injury?” Noble was asked.

“No,” he replied.

The prosecution has alleged that Noble armed himself with a black bag or sock which may have contained a pool ball or coins.

Mr Stead had to have stitches put in a head wound after the incident.

The trial continues.