The trial of a teacher from Neston who is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old pupil at a Wirral school was halted.
It is alleged that Iwan Davies, of Upper Raby Road in Neston, beat the teenager following a confrontation in a corridor at Wirral Grammar School for Boys, in May 2015.
But as the 53-year-old was set to give evidence on Wednesday morning, April 6, at Wirral Magistrates’ Court, proceedings were aborted.
Our sister paper, the ECHO, cannot detail exactly why the case collapsed but the matter will be mentioned again in court in May.
It was alleged Davies shoved the teenage pupil against a wall and grabbed him by the neck because the boy ignored questions about his uniform being in a mess.
Davies allegedly told the boy: ‘Oi, you don’t just think you can walk away from me like that?’
The boy, who has Aspergers, was 'shoved' into a nearby room, and sustained a circular bruise on his left arm because of the bust-up, the court heard.
One witness, another boy, also gave evidence yesterday and told District Judge Michael Abelson: “He [the pupil] looked visibly distressed.
“He [Davies] was holding him quite roughly.”
The 14-year-old had told police he was heading inside the school after being 'choke-slammed' and thrown to the ground by another boy outside.
In his evidence, he told magistrates: “He [Davies] kept shouting at me, and stepped in front of me. I tried to walk around him.
“He grabbed me by the arm really aggressively and shoved me into the wall quite hard and shouted at me.
“I started to walk away but he grabbed me tighter, grabbing my neck and shoved me into Miss Bradshaw’s room.
“He continued to shout at me. I was feeling very confronted.”
Davies denies one charge of beating.