Trial of Dean Hancock, accused of assaulting photographer, put back

MP Mike Hancock

MP Mike Hancock

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The trial of the son of Hampshire MP Mike Hancock, who is accused of assaulting a press photographer, has been adjourned.

Dean Hancock, 37, appeared at Fareham Magistrates' Court yesterday 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, on January 23.

A trial was set to be held yesterday but was put off after Vivian Ducie, prosecuting, said that some 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.

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.

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