December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A retired accountant from Cromer has been found guilty of assault after punching the town’s former mayor in the throat earlier this year.
Nigel Liddiard, 73, of St Mary’s Road, attacked Greg Hayman outside Cromer Community Centre, on Garden Street, during the Norfolk County Council elections on May 2.
At the time of the attack Mr Hayman, who was mayor of the town in 2011 and 2012, was “telling” (asking voters for their numbers).
But Liddiard claimed that Mr Hayman had “inappropriately” asked him for his name and address and commented on his “bad manners and behaviour”, a court heard today (Wednesday).
Giving evidence, Liddiard said: “I noticed someone sitting outside the polling station, someone I did not know from Adam as far as I was concerned. It was someone who had no business with me.”
And after telling Mr Hayman to “mind his own business” Liddiard continued into the station to place his vote and said he had no intention of making contact again.
He then claimed that as he walked past Mr Hayman, the former mayor made comments about his manners and behaviour.
“I was confused and bewildered,” he said. “I turned around and was facing him and as far as I was concerned I was seeing an angry individual and I expected to be assaulted in some way.”
Speaking in court, witness Maureen Hewitt, a retired nurse, said only moments before the attack she believed the two men were friends and only realised the situation when Liddiard hit Mr Hayman.
Trevor Freeborn, the chairman of the magistrates, found Liddiard guilty of assault by beating at Norwich Magistrates’ Court and ordered him to pay a fine of £200.
He added: “We are sure you did not fear for your own safety.”