Plymouth man denies wounding two in separate incidents
A MAN has gone on trial for assaulting two people he knew in separate incidents – in disputes over loud noise and a shared cigarette.
Aaron Nobes, 25, is accused of seriously injuring two men he knew 18 months apart, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Nobes allegedly fractured the cheekbone of George Donald when he complained about late-night noise at his home on September 8, 2010.
He is then accused of leaving James Willumsen with facial injuries as they shared a cigarette outside a pub on January 25 this year.
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Nobes, of Wyndham Street, Stonehouse, denied two counts of malicious wounding.
Alistair Verheijen, opening the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the jury that Nobes had friends who were fellow tenants in a shared house with Mr Donald.
He said Mr Donald, a security guard, had been trying to get to sleep but was being kept awake by loud noise coming from the living room at 2am.
Mr Verheijen said Mr Donald found two housemates there with Nobes. He said Mr Donald asked them to keep the noise down, but Nobes swore at Mr Donald and the two argued. Mr Verheijen said: "The next thing Mr Donald knows he was struck to the face and ended up on the floor." He added Nobes, who had struck him, then simply walked out. The court heard Mr Donald was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone.
Mr Verheijen said that James Willumsen knew Nobes from the local music scene.
Mr Willumsen had been smoking outside the Skiving Scholar pub in North Hill when Nobes asked him for a cigarette in the early hours.
Mr Verheijen said he did not have any more so he shared his own cigarette with Nobes.
He added when Mr Willumsen asked for it back, he called him a name. Mr Verheijen said Mr Willumsen tried to get the cigarette back and the two went to the floor.
He added Nobes straddled his victim, punching him "six or seven" times. The court heard he was left with facial injuries.
The trial continues.