Actor Stephen Tompkinson will claim the right to defend himself at GBH trial, court says

Actor Stephen Tompkinson will claim the right to defend himself when he goes to court charged with aggravated bodily harm, a court has heard.

The 56-year-old, who is known for his starring role in the DCI crime drama Banks, will appear on trial at Newcastle Crown Court next year.

The court clerk said the specific offense was Tompkinson’s “unlawful and malicious bodily harm” against a man named Karl Poole on May 30 last year.

The actor, who lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, expressed “not guilty” to the charge during a brief hearing Wednesday at the same courthouse he attended via video link.

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Stephen Tompkinson to appear in court next year (Ian West/PA)

His attorney, Adam Birkby, has criticized several reports of the incident so far, calling it inaccurate and even “ridiculous”.

Speaking on a link, he said: “It is very important for everyone to note, he pleaded not guilty first and the matter to be tried is one of self-defence.”

Judge Robert Adams set the trial date for May 2 next year, with an estimate of four days.

A pre-trial review, which the defendant does not need to attend, will be held on February 24.

Tompkinson has been released on bail in the meantime.

He became a household name after playing Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel in 1996, and the same year appeared in the hit film Brassing Off as Phil.

Other notable TV credits include Drop The Dead Donkey, Wild At Heart, Minder, New Tricks, Grafters, and Ted And Alice.

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He also appeared in ITV’s DCI Banks for six years until the show’s cancellation in 2016.

Tompkinson, who recently starred in the stage adaptation of Educating Rita as Frank Bryant, will appear in the ITV drama The Long Shadow, about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, later this year.

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