Man denies head-butt

A SUDBURY man, who allegedly head-butted his great uncle during a family dispute, has appeared in court.

Matthew Aitken, from Hillside Road, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Lesla Small told the court the 23-year-old had assaulted his great uncle, Adrian Butters, at a house in Sudbury on June 5.

“He was at his grandmother’s house when the victim (Mr Butters) heard shouting,” she said.

“Aitken and Mrs Pilgrim were involved and, when the victim came out, Aitken grabbed hold of him and dragged him to the top of the stairs – he thought he was going to be pushed down.”

Mr Butters managed to break free, but was then grabbed around the neck.

“The victim pushed him away again,” said Mrs Small. “It was at this point that Aitken drew back his head and hit the victim in the face.”

She added that the blow left Mr Butters with a suspected broken nose.

Defending, Jeremy Kendall said his client denied head-butting his great uncle and claimed there was no medical evidence to suggest Mr Butters’ nose had been broken.

“It was a family dispute and my client was defending himself,” he said. “The blow to the head was purely accidental.”

The case was adjourned for until October 17 when it will go to trial. Aitken, who denies the charge, was released on conditional bail.