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Darius Henderson trial: Jury fails to reach verdict

Darius Henderson
Image caption Darius Henderson will have to wait two weeks to see if there is a retrial

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Championship footballer who was accused of assaulting a man in a restaurant.

Darius Henderson, 31, of Markyate, Hertfordshire, had denied grievous bodily harm when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

The jury was discharged after more than five hours of deliberations.

The Nottingham Forest striker will have to wait two weeks to find out if the prosecution intends to seek a retrial.

During the four day hearing, the court heard that on New Year's Eve 2011 the footballer and his then girlfriend had gone to Darcy's restaurant in St Albans for a celebratory dinner and party.

In the early hours of New Year's Day a woman approached the player and his partner and alleged she and Mr Henderson had recently had sex.

The prosecution claimed that when 41-year-old John Bell, who was also in the restaurant, went up to Mr Henderson to try and calm the situation, Mr Henderson punched him to the ground, breaking his cheekbone.

In the witness box, Mr Henderson said he had been acting in self-defence because he thought Mr Bell was about to attack him.

At the time of the incident he was playing football for Millwall.

He was granted unconditional bail.

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