Plea of not guilty for assault

A LAUNCESTON man has appeared in the Supreme Court charged with assaulting a patron outside Lloyds Hotel.

Joshua Daniel Wilson pleaded not guilty in Launceston yesterday in front of Justice Helen Wood.

The Crown alleged Mr Wilson assaulted David Fyfe on his 21st birthday by kicking him in the groin, punching him, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the head.

Mr Wilson's defence counsel Adrian Hall told the court his client had acted in self-defence.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on July 24, 2011.

The jury was shown closed circuit television footage of the alleged assault.

Crown witness Doug Lamb said he and Mr Fyfe had gone to the assistance of another man outside Lloyds who was being hassled by a group of two or three others.

He said he was then knocked out and did not see the altercation between his friend and Mr Wilson.

Crown prosecutor Steve Eley said Mr Fyfe suffered a broken jaw and lost two teeth as a result of the alleged assault.

The trial continues today.