Assault trial abandoned
THE TRIAL of a man accused of attacking his partner's ex-boyfriend has been abandoned.
Blaine Ewing, aged 22, denied maliciously wounding Christopher Mills on January 23.
A jury heard that Ewing allegedly left his victim with a gaping 2cm wound to his nose which needed stitches and left a permanent scar.
Plymouth Crown Court heard Ewing told police Mr Mills had attacked him and that he had struck out in defence of himself and his partner.
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Judge John Neligan discharged the jury for legal reasons on the second day of the trial. Ewing, of Wolseley Road, Plymouth, was bailed until a retrial in front of a new jury on December 19.
AN ANIMAL charity is to host a day of festive fundraising tomorrow.
Gables Farm Dogs' and Cats' Home are raising money to help make Christmas special for the dogs and cats spending the holiday season.
Doors open at 11am at the Home in Merafield Road, Plympton, for the Christmas Fair with a variety of stalls selling books, bric-a-brac, jewellery, festive season gifts, raffle, Tombola and of course Santa's grotto.
A LOCAL academy student is holding a charity concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West.
Sian Hoskin, 16, has organised the show to run alongside a Christmas CD launched by Rotary Young Singers. Among those performing at the event will be The Pilgrimaires, a barbershop chorus, and local comedian Tank Sherman.
The Tor Bridge Academy student has previously won Young Singer of the Year in a competition run by Torpoint and Eddystone Rotary Club. She has since earned a recording contract with New Atlantic Records.
The show will take place on tomorrow night at 7pm at Tor Bridge Academy, Estover, Plymouth.
RESIDENTS of Stoke Damerel are excitedly preparing for the annual Christmas fair. The event, to be held at Stoke Damerel Church and Parish Centre, will take place over two days – today and tomorrow – from 11am to 4pm.
A CHARITY football match is being held in aid of Ellie's Haven.
Each year on Christmas Eve, the former players of Saltash Youth football team play a charity match as a tribute to their chairman's late wife Maureen Gale.
This is done by raising money at the event and giving it to her favourite charity, Ellie's Haven.
Last year, the team managed to raise more than £200 for the charity.
This year it is being held at the Pilgrim pitch in Saltash at 3pm on Christmas Eve.