Man denies stamping on victim

A man was kicked in the head and suffered a broken wrist when he was deliberately stamped on, it has been alleged.

Michael Williams, 20, of Well Lane, Clare, is accused of carrying out the early morning attack in an alleyway beside Barclays Bank in High Street, Haverhill, on April 17.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm and is standing trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The alleged victim, Bradley Foster, had earlier been at the town’s White Hart pub with a group of friends but they had left after being told that Mr Foster’s former girlfriend was at the bar.

The court heard from one of the group, Christopher Jones, how they had left with the intention of visiting The Bell pub but stopped on the way to use a cash machine at Barclays Bank.

Williams then arrived on the scene and became involved in a scuffle, striking Mr Foster who ended up on the ground against a wall, the court heard.

Giving evidence, Mr Jones said a crowd had gathered and he pushed his way through with the intention of stopping the fight. He told the jury that he had seen Williams kick Mr Foster in the head and then stamp on his wrist.

During the attack, Mr Foster curled up in a ball with his hands around his head, said Mr Jones.

Mr Foster later went to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where an x-ray confirmed that he had suffered a broken wrist.

When interviewed following his arrest, Williams claimed that he had been acting in self defence when he punched Mr Foster. Williams denied stamping on Mr Foster’s wrist.

The trial continues.