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Trial of Hampshire MP Mike Hancock’s son, Dean, will be heard at a later date
12:33pm Tuesday 29th April 2014 in News
THE TRIAL of the son of MP Mike Hancock, who is accused of assaulting a press photographer, has been adjourned.
Dean Hancock, 37, appeared at Fareham Magistrates' Court to face the charge of assault causing actual bodily harm in connection with the incident involving Steve Reigate of the Daily Express.
The alleged fracas happened outside the family home in Rockingham Way, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, on January 23.
A trial was set to be held today but was put off after Vivian Ducie, prosecuting, said that some of the evidence, including unedited video footage of the incident, was not yet available and had not been disclosed to Hancock's defence solicitor.
District Judge Anne Arnold adjourned the case until June 13 at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court and released Hancock on bail until then.
At an earlier hearing, Hancock entered a plea of not guilty and elected for the trial to be held at the same court rather than by a jury at a Crown Court.
The defendant's father is being sued in the High Court by a ''vulnerable'' female constituent who alleges that the MP for Portsmouth South sexually assaulted her.
The 68-year-old, who has been suspended from the Liberal Democrat Party until the outcome of the civil case, denies the allegations.