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Footballer floored reveller after woman’s sex claims

 Published on: 25th February 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Former Watford striker Darius Henderson and his girlfriend were confronted during a New Year’s Eve celebration by a woman who repeatedly claimed she had sex with him, a jury heard today. The former Hornets forward is facing a retrial after a jury failed to agree a verdict last year. When another reveller tried to calm the situation down, the footballer floored him with two punches, which fractured his cheek bone and cut his eye socket, the court was told. Henderson, 32, pleads not guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm to John Bell on January 1 2012. Opening the case prosecutor Alan Richards said Henderson and his blonde girlfriend Lucy Caplin had a meal at Darcy’s restaurant in St Albans before going into the bar where they were confronted by 48-year-old Hazel Kent. She was not known to either the footballer, his girlfriend or Mr Bell. Mr Richard said: “For reasons best known to herself, Miss Kent behaved somewhat unpleasantly towards Mr Henderson and Miss Caplin, asserting on more than one occasion, in Miss Caplin’s presence, that she had recently had sex with Mr Henderson. There is no reason to believe that this was anything other than pure fiction.” Ms Kent claimed that she could describe Mr Henderson’s home and correctly identified the brand of his boxer shorts. “Understandably this upset Miss Caplin and perhaps caused some tension between her and Mr Henderson,” said the prosecutor. The footballer was at the bar at around half past one in the morning when Mr Bell started to talk to him. The barman Jack Oakley was said to be under the impression that Mr Bell was trying to calm the situation down. But Mr Richards said: “It is possible that his intervention caused Mr Henderson, who was already, the crown say, upset and angered by Miss Kent’s behaviour, to perceive Mr Bell as somehow associated with her. “What is absolutely clear is that Mr Bell posed no threat to Mr Henderson whatsoever. “Even if the intervention was unwelcome, it could not even begin to justify what Mr Henderson then did.  He punched Mr Bell in the head twice.” He suffered a fractured check that required surgery to free a trapped nerve and treatment for a cut. Police were called and Henderson was arrested outside the restaurant. The case continues.

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