Footballer accused of fracturing player’s jaw

James Lax arriving at Hull Crown Court.
James Lax arriving at Hull Crown Court.

A teenage footballer accused of fracturing the jaw of an Under 18 Pocklington player at the end of a vital cup match has elected a trial in which a string of Pocklington players will be the main prosecution witnesses.

James Lax, 18, a player for Springhead U18, is accused of walking up to a Pocklington player on the half way line and punching him at the end of the match on 28 September 2014.

Lax, of Danube Road, Hull, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm when he appeared at Hull Crown Court last Friday.

Crown barrister Dale Brook said the planned trial would almost be a replay of the scenes at the end of the game as team mates from both sides would be called as defence and prosecution witnesses.

Defence barrister John Thackray said Mr Lax denied being the player responsible for the assault.

He claims the wrong man was booked.

Judge Mark Bury scheduled the case for a week-long trial at Hull Crown Court on 16 November.

Lax was given bail by the court.