A MAN has gone on trial accused of assaulting three people in Winchester.

Billy Wiltshire, of Sandyfields Lane, Colden Common, previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm and one count of assault by beating.

A trial began at Winchester Crown Court on June 13 and is expected to last three days.

On its first day, the jury heard that on January 29, 27-year-old Wiltshire was drinking in Winchester city centre with his ex-partner, Paige Hicks.

After initially leaving to go home, Miss Hicks called Wiltshire to an area she described as 'Mugger's Alley'.

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Jurors were told that subsequently, Wiltshire started to behave aggressively, the prosecution said.

The court heard that he 'strangled' her and pushed her to the ground.

Two men saw the incident, and the court heard evidence from one of them, Christopher Doy.

Prosecutor Robert Welling told jurors that Wiltshire had behaved 'like a bully and a thug' on January 29.

Mr Welling said: “Miss Hicks decided to go home, walking through St James's Terrace, a secluded alleyway near the railway line.

“The defendant turned up and accused her of sleeping with someone. He threw an object at her, threatened to urinate on her and kicked her.”

Miss Hicks told jurors that she could not remember much of what happened that night because of the alcohol she had consumed.

Defending barrister Francesca Da Costa asked Miss Hicks if she had called him after leaving the town on false pretences.

Miss Hicks said: “I was upset and wanted to see him.”

One of the witnesses, Christopher Doy, gave evidence to the court. He had been on a night out and was walking home alone.

Mr Doy said: “I heard loud, aggressive language. I expected it to be guys fighting, but then I heard a female voice crying.

“I decided I couldn't just walk off. I thought he would calm down. He started to power down the road towards me, which surprised me.

“I stopped and started to back off, but he hit me with a right-hook which I blocked.”

Mr Doy told the court that Wiltshire pursued him or about one metre, before going back to the female.

Mr Doy said: “He continued to shout abuse at the girl and then I called the police.

“I waited for a few minutes when the couple started to walk down the hill. I followed at a distance.”

The trial continues. Proceeding.  

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