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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 July, 2004, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Star's twin tells jury of strain
Rupert Young arrives at court
Mr Young said he was being attacked by Mr Ghareeb
Pop star Will Young's twin has told a court trying him for assault that having a famous brother has made him a target.

Rupert Young, 25, of Hungerford, Berkshire, denies attacking chef Kawa Ghareeb after a night out in London's West End last May.

"At times I have been called gay and shouted at by builders," he told Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.

"In fact, myself and Will were attacked in a club once."

TV floor manager Mr Young is accused of taking part in an unprovoked attack on Mr Ghareeb, along with two friends.

I hit him... I was still very disorientated... there was lots of shouting and I fell to the floor
Rupert Young
Giving evidence on the third day of the trial, he said: "We as a family all try and stay positive.

"But there are times when members of the general public seem to act in a strange way around him [Will] or myself."

The prosecution has accused Mr Young of being in a "somewhat arrogant mood" that night and attacking Mr Ghareeb without warning.

The chef, an Iraqi Kurd, said he was repeatedly punched, and had to have four stitches to the head.

'Chanting and waving'

Mr Young told detectives he had passed out after having too much to drink at celebrity haunt Tokyo Joe's and fell over and hit his head.

He remembered waking up in St Thomas's Hospital, the court heard.

After leaving casualty, he told police Mr Ghareeb came towards them "chanting and waving his arms".

"He was just coming at me," Mr Young told detectives.

"He had hold of myself. I hit him. I was still very disorientated. There was lots of shouting and I fell to the floor."

He said the struggle continued with a "rugby maul" until he and his friends fell to the floor. Shortly afterwards they were arrested.

Prosecutor Ivan Clarke asked why one man would attack three.

But lawyers for co-accused, David Kennedy, 26, and Anis Shlewet, 25, said Mr Ghareeb had exaggerated his injuries, possibly to better his chances of criminal compensation.

Mr Kennedy, of Shoreditch, east London, and Mr Shlewet, of Chelsea, west London, also deny the charge of causing actual bodily harm.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.




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