Builder in court after man is seriously hurt

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A BUILDER has appeared in court charged with assaulting a man and leaving him 
with life-threatening head injuries.

Stephen Jones, 35, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

He is accused of assaulting a 36-year-old man outside the church of St Thomas the Apostle, at the junction of Elson Lane and Elson Road, in Gosport, during the early hours of Sunday.

The court was told the man is gravely ill at Southampton General Hospital and is in an induced coma.

Magistrates heard evidence from doctors at the hospital, stating that the man had had a bleed on the brain.

The man had a ‘severe traumatic brain injury’, the court was told.

Jones, of Chantry Road, Gosport, is also accused of assaulting a 40-year-old man and inflicting actual bodily harm.

Jones, wearing a dark blue fleece and grey trousers, stood in the dock flanked by two security guards to confirm his name.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday, April 20.