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Dec
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Wednesday 31st
posted by Morning Star in Britain

FALKIRK MP Eric Joyce pleaded not guilty to assault and criminal damage yesterday.

The 54-year-old independent MP denied two counts of common assault and one of criminal damage from the dock at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The charges relate to an alleged incident at a shop in Camden, north London, on October 17.

Mr Joyce is accused of “assault by beating” of two youths and with causing £200 damage to groceries and confectionery belonging to the shop owner.

He is also charged with “intending to destroy and damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.”

District judge Margot Coleman conditionally bailed  Mr Joyce, a former Army major and Labour MP, to appear for trial at the same court on May 1.

Mr Joyce was famously arrested in 2012 after punching and headbutting Tory MP Stuart Andrew in Parliament’s Strangers’ Bar, a boozer reserved for MPs and their guests.




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