BBC newsreader Ashley Blake was accused of lying to the jury to “save his own skin” during a trial where he is accused of hitting a teenager with a wooden pole.
Naomi Gilchrist, prosecuting, said Blake must have known he had hit 17-year-old Greg Jones during a disturbance at his former bar and restaurant The Place2B, in New Oscott.
The Midlands Today and Inside Out presenter denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.
He has also pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by throwing the wooden pole into a neighbouring garden centre in a bid to conceal it from police.
The 40-year-old, who used to run the venue with partner Jessica Hayes, had earlier admitted that he lied “several” times to police.
Miss Gilchrist told Birmingham Crown Court: “Everybody seems to know Greg Jones has been injured apart from Mr Blake.
“He must have felt it, he must have known he had hit Greg.
“Why does he want to deny knowing it? Well firstly he doesn’t want to admit he hit Greg Jones because he knows it was not justified. He knows, I submit, going and getting that pole in the first place was not necessary.”
Nigel Rumfitt QC, defending, said Blake had no reason to hit Greg Jones and was protecting his premises with the pole, which was normally used to secure a door.
He said: “This was a sudden and unexpected outbreak of violence. Ashley Blake was confronted with an emergency he could not possibly have foreseen.
“The lies, the evasiveness is folly. You can’t change what actually happened.”
FAMILIES in Edgbaston have been threatened with a £200 fine if they park outside their homes while the Ashes test match is on, it was revealed today.
Hundreds of residents who live on Willows Road, about 500 metres from Warwickshire’s cricket ground, received parking tickets during an early evening sting operation on Thursday night.
The fixed penalty notices, which were put in yellow bags and stuck on car windscreens, told residents that they had parked in “contravention of parking restrictions”.
It said that if they were found parking there again, they would face a £70 fine, a £105 removal of vehicle fee and £12 storage fee per day.
Normally, residents on the street are free to park their cars on the road 24 hours a day.
But after the Birmingham Mail got involved the council was forced to back down on their heavy handed tactics.
Dad of one, Dan Longley, who lives on Willow Road, said: “It’s just not fair for them to come in and put a sweeping ban in place that stops us leaving our cars here.
“The council think it’s fine just to wipe out the whole road and say sorry.
“We accept that we don’t necessarily have the right to park here just because we live here, but if they are going to put a temporary parking ban in they could at least provide us with an alternative place to park.”
Mum Jaki Booth, whose family live on the same street and have two cars, said: “It’s a double whammy.
“Not only are we unable to park here but the council gave us no notice that there would be a ban.
“The first I found out was when I saw a traffic warden trying to give me a ticket for parking outside my house.”
Furious residents were further outraged when they spotted that the three traffic wardens had parked their enforcement vehicle in a no parking zone.
Resident Nick Booth, who filmed the above video of wardens getting into their illegally parked car, said: “It seems to me that the only car that should have been ticketed was their own.”
The group of residents said they would continue to park on the road and if they were ticketed they would complain to the council.
They said that if they received further tickets this weekend they would hold a protest cricket match on the road.
But in an eleventh hour U-turn the council apologised for their actions and agreed to work with the group of residents to solve the issue.
A spokesman from Birmingham City Council said: “We apologise for any confusion that may have been caused to residents.
“No parking tickets were issued by the council in Willows Road on Thursday or Friday, instead warning notices were placed on cars and registration details were noted, to record the fact that a warning notice had been issued.
“In response to concerns raised by residents a number of actions have been taken to help reduce these concerns while still achieving the traffic management requirements.”