Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton’s trial for allegedly assaulting his wife has been adjourned for a second time, with the trial now set to run over two days in the autumn.
Barton, 39, allegedly kicked his wife Georgia in the head at their house in Kew, south west London on June 2 last year.
In March a court heard that he attacked his wife and left a lump “the size of a golf ball” on her head after drinking “four to five bottles of wine”, but the trial was delayed after she wrote a letter to prosecutors on February 17 in a bid to “exculpate” her husband.
The case was adjourned to June 23, today’s date. But in the hearing Wimbledon Magistrates Court in south west London, the trial was adjourned again, this time to October 31 and November 1, with the trial expected to run over two days.
Barton is due to stand trial for a single count of assault by beating.
District Judge Sweet confirmed that Barton will remain on unconditional bail until the trial.
He also asked the defence team to notify the court and Crown Prosecution Service as to which witnesses it will be presenting, after Prosecutor Helena Duong asked whether Georgia Barton will be a defence witness.
District Judge Sweet set a deadline of 14 days – until July 7 – for Barton’s legal team to do this.
In the March hearing, Prosecutor Helena Duong said Barton and his wife were said to have gotten into a drunken argument over “families”.
She said police officers arrived and found Georgia Barton with a bleeding nose. She had blood on her hands and told the police her husband had grabbed her by the head and pushed her down before kicking out.
She showed an injury to her head and one of the police officers who attended the scene described it as a lump “the size of a golf ball”. Duong added that a letter written by Barton’s wife to prosecutors was a bid to “exculpate” her husband.
The former Premier League footballer and England international’s barrister, Simon Csoka QC, said she claims she was injured accidentally when friends intervened in the argument.
Barton, who played for Manchester City, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille, Burnley and Newcastle, guided Bristol Rovers to a dramatic promotion to League One after a dramatic 7-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.
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