Business owner in dock on assault rap

Richard Hall
Richard Hall
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Police are yet to decide whether an estate agent accused of threatening a client with a baseball bat should also be charged with perverting the course of justice.

Richard Hall, 40, (pictured) the owner of Brooklands estate agents in Newton-le-Willows, was arrested at Liverpool Crown Court on the day he was due to stand trial before Christmas following an allegation of witness intimidation.

Alan Mee, 52, has since been charged with perverting the course of justice and appeared in court via videolink last Wednesday (January 15).

Hall, who is already facing charges of common assault and possession of an offensive weapon, appeared in court in person after being granted police bail until February 28.

Prosecutor David Watson confirmed: “Mr Mee appeared before court on January 2 and a provisional trial date fixed for June 9. It is not yet known whether Mr Hall will also be charged with perverting the course of justice.”

Hall was hit with the original charges following an altercation which started inside his work premises before spilling out onto the High Street, Newton-le-Willows, at about 2pm on July 10 last year.

According to the alleged victim’s sister, the incident was sparked by an argument over a private rented house.

A police spokeswoman confirmed at the time that an allegation had been reported to officers of a “physical assault”.

In separate proceedings, Hall, of Oak Tree Road, Eccleston, also faces a charge of stealing a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in connection with that charge on August 8 following an alleged incident in March last year. He is yet to enter a plea.

Hall, who is yet to enter pleas to any of the charges, was granted conditional bail prior to a joint plea and case management hearing on March 10.

Mee, of Larch Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, was remanded in custody until that date.