Witness is in Australia, so footballer’s trial is halted

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A footballer will have to face trial again for grievous bodily harm after the jury in his case was discharged because one of the witnesses is on a sheep farm on the other side of the world.

It is alleged that 31-year-old Nottingham Forest striker Darius Henderson, who lives in Markyate, punched John Bell to the floor, fracturing his left cheek bone and cutting his eye socket, when a row erupted at a New Year’s Eve celebration in a St Albans restaurant.

Tension was caused when a woman approached Mr Henderson, who was out with his girlfriend, claiming to have slept with him.

The footballer, who has played for Watford and Millwall, had pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on January 1, 2012, but the trial at St Albans Crown Court was halted on Thursday.

Judge Martin Griffith said the case could not continue because a witness was unavailable, working on a sheep farm in Australia.

No new trial date has been fixed.