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Wednesday, 21 November, 2001, 17:51 GMT
Leeds player dresses up for jury
Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer denies all charges
Leeds United footballer Lee Bowyer has shown a jury the clothes he claims to have worn on the night he is accused of assaulting a student.

Mr Bowyer, 24, changed into a leather jacket, dark jean-type trousers and black shoes with a metal buckle but did not wear any socks.

The prosecution at Hull Crown Court has alleged the shoes Mr Bowyer gave to police were not the ones he wore on the night Sarfraz Najeib was assaulted in Mill Hill, Leeds, in January last year.

Sarfraz Najeib
Mr Najeib suffered serious injuries
Mr Bowyer, of Leeds, Jonathan Woodgate, 21, of Middlesbrough, Paul Clifford and Neale Caveney, both 22 and from Middlesbrough, deny causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Najeib. All four also deny affray.

When asked by his defence to fasten his jacket, Mr Bowyer said he was slightly overweight and was injured.

His counsel Desmond de Silva QC asked: "Injuries make you fat do they?" He replied: "They do for me, yes."

Mr Bowyer paraded before the jury standing on a step.

The footballer was warned by the trial judge, Mr Justice Henriques, not to talk to the jury after he asked them if they could see.

Video

The jury was shown a video of Mr Bowyer leaving the Majestyk nightclub on the night Mr Najeib was attacked.

The footballer claimed the light shining from the side of his foot was his skin because he was sockless at the time.

But the prosecution claims the shoes Mr Bowyer was wearing on the night had a buckle on the side, not the top.

Asked if he disliked socks by Mr de Silva, he said: "It's like a thing back in London. I can't explain it. It's a thing that we did."

'Hug'

Under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel Nicholas Campbell QC, Mr Bowyer said he met Mr Caveney outside a Leeds city centre pub.

The jury was shown CCTV video stills of what the prosecution claimed was a hug outside the Observatory between Mr Bowyer and Mr Caveney after they allegedly attacked Mr Najeib.

Jonathan Woodgate
Jonathan Woodgate denies attacking Sarfraz Najeib
Mr Campbell asked: "There's a hug and you say that it must be you on the photographs. Not because you could identify yourself but because of the blood. How do you know it's you?"

Mr Bowyer replied: "Because I have got Mr Caveney's blood on my back."

Traces of Mr Caveney's blood was found on Mr Bowyer's leather jacket, the jury has been told.

Mr Campbell asked: "Apart from the blood, you would be denying it's you on the photos." Mr Bowyer replied: "Yes".

Mr Najeib suffered multiple injuries in a street attack, including a fractured nose, broken cheekbone and a bite mark to his right cheek.

The trial continues.


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