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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 12:41 GMT
Attack evidence 'unreliable', court told
Paul Clifford
Paul Clifford denies all charges
There is insufficient evidence to link a friend of Leeds United footballer Jonathan Woodgate to an alleged attack on a student, a court has heard.

Paul Clifford, 22, is alleged to have bitten Sarfraz Najeib on the cheek in Leeds city centre in January last year.

But his counsel, Nigel Sangster QC, told Hull Crown Court that the only witness to have said Mr Clifford had been involved had admitted in court that his evidence was unreliable.

Mr Clifford and Neale Caveney, both 22, and Mr Woodgate, 21, all from Middlesbrough, and Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer, 24, of Leeds, deny causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Najeib.

Sarfraz Najeib
Sarfraz Najeib suffered several injuries

All four also deny affray.

Mr Najeib, 21, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, suffered a broken nose, fractured leg and a bite mark to his cheek in the incident in January last year.

And prosecution dental experts have said the bite mark was caused by Mr Clifford.

But in his closing speech on Tuesday, Mr Sangster said: "They can get it wrong like anyone else."

The prosecution and defence dental experts agreed that working from photographs taken three weeks after the incident had created "real problems", he added.

The trial continues.

See also:

03 Dec 01 | England
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