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Suspect denies attacking dog walker in wood.

Byline: Sam Dimmer Crime reporter

A MAN accused of attacking a dog walker in Coventry has pleaded not guilty. Martin Marshall was walking his greyhounds through Plants Hill Wood, off Tile Hill Lane, Tile Hill, in November when he was attacked. He was left with life-threatening injuries.

Shaun Browne, 28, of Dormer Harris Avenue, Tile Hill, appeared at the crown court in Leamington yesterday to enter a plea.

He spoke once during the hearing to deny a charge of causing grevious bodily harm with intent.

After the plea was entered prosecutor David Bennett asked for the matter to be adjourned for trial.

Ian Speed, defending, asked for a preliminary hearing to be arranged before any trial.

Addressing Browne's bail, Mr Speed said: "There's a condition of his current bail that says he doesn't cross the A45 and come into Tile Hill area of the city. The problem is his accommodation is in Tile Hill, his parents are in Tile Hill.

"A condition that he doesn't cross the A45 is quite difficult because it dissects the city.

"There's only one witness, if there is a a condition that says he doesn't approach that witness that would be a sensible alternative."

Judge Charles Foster set a provisional two-day trial date starting on April 22.

Judge Foster added: "I'm going to set bail on the same terms as before, save I'm going to delete the condition that bans you from crossing the A45."

The preliminary hearing will be held a fortnight before the provisional trial date.


Plants Hill Wood, in Tile Hill, Coventry, where a man was allegedly badly beaten while walking his dogs
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 11, 2014
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