Search

Barnet councillor Brian Coleman set for trial after denying assault charge

PUBLISHED: 10:05 06 November 2012

Brian Coleman leaves Uxbridge Magistrates' Court yesterday. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Brian Coleman leaves Uxbridge Magistrates' Court yesterday. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Archant

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman has denied assaulting a café owner who tried to photograph his parked car before driving off with her in the front passenger seat.

Cllr Coleman, a Conservative councillor for Totteridge ward, spoke only to confirm his name and plead not guilty to charges of assault by beating and driving without due care and attention at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning.

The charges relate to an incident involving café owner Helen Michael in High Road, Finchley, on September 20.

On the day of the incident, the court heard Mrs Michael was working in Café Buzz, in High Road, when she noticed Cllr Coleman parking in a restricted area.

She came out of the café and started taking photos of Cllr Coleman with her camera phone at which point he is alleged to have grabbed Mrs Michael’s hands and forced her back.

The court heard Mr Coleman then got back into his car and attempted to flee as Mrs Michael jumped into the front passenger seat, while another man opened a rear door.

Cllr Coleman subsequently clipped a parked van and was later arrested by police.

Nigel Richardson, representing Cllr Coleman, claimed that his client was attacked by Mrs Michael as he raised his hands to hide his face from her camera phone.

He added that Cllr Coleman was “in fear for his personal safety” when Mrs Michael and another man opened the doors to his car as he tried to drive away.

Cllr Coleman, wearing a pin stripe suit and light blue tie, was released on unconditional bail ahead of a four-hour trial scheduled to take place at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on February 6.

District judge Wright concluded the hearing by telling Mr Coleman: “I’m sure I don’t need to remind you it is most unadvisable for you to contact Mrs Michael or visit Café Buzz, I’m sure you have got no desire to do so.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 10:48

A murder investigation has been launched after a 48-year-old man with a fatal stab wound was found on a 189 bus in Marylebone.

Thu, 16:32

Camden children took to the stage today with the cast of hit production STOMP as part of a campaign to encourage exercise across the borough.

Thu, 15:39

The struggle for the marginal parliamentary seat of Hornsey and Wood Green has kicked off – with Labour MP Catherine West and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Dawn Barnes fighting over the key issue of Brexit.

Thu, 15:29

The parliamentary candidate is pleased that ex-MP David Ward has been sacked as a Lib Dem election candidate after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against the Palestinians.

Thu, 15:01

A new action group urges residents to make their views known on “the most significant re-landscaping of the Golders Green neighbourhood since its creation” – with new houses and shops and the demolition of the Clock Tower War Memorial proposed.

Thu, 12:44

Part of the Northern line between Camden and Edware will be closed while a track is replaced and the overground will also be partially closed.

Thu, 11:50

The suspect exposed himself to two women after asking them for directions to the nearest toilets and started to perform a sex act.

Thu, 10:43

The creperie, which attracts celebrity customers such as Kate Moss and Harry Styles, could close as the owner is being forced to pay back the majority of a £15,000 electricity bill which he believes he could not have run up

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now