Trio plead not guilty after woman left paralysed

accused: Christopher Towers.

accused: Christopher Towers.

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A MAN accused of leaving a Sunderland telesales worker paralysed after a row over a spilt drink will be tried by a jury in November.

Claire Hilton, 28, suffered a broken neck and back after she was attacked during a night out at the Wheatsheaf pub in West Boldon in June.

It is feared she may be permanently paralysed from the neck down.

Christopher Towers, 24, of New Road, Boldon Colliery, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday accused of causing Miss Hilton grievous bodily harm with intent.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He also denied two charges of assault causing bodily harm and one of common assault relating to three other alleged victims he is said to have attacked that night.

Kelly McKone, 30, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, pleaded not guilty to one charge of affray.

Lynn Flaherty, 46, of New Road, Boldon Colliery, denied one charge of assault by beating and one of affray.

All charges stem from the same violent incident and all three will face a jury together.

The court heard Claire may give her evidence at the trial via television link from outside the courtroom.

Evidence is expected to be heard from expert medical professionals.

All three defendants have been granted bail until the trial.