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Accused denies being near attack

PUBLISHED: 11:14 11 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

THE owner of a taxi company accused of hitting a man in the face after a row over parking, told police he was no where near the incident a court heard.

THE owner of a taxi company accused of hitting a man in the face after a row over parking, told police he was no where near the incident a court heard.

Peter Baker of Windmill Hill, Capel St Mary, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Anthony Dixon at around 7am on March 29 this year.

The court heard that Mr Dixon angered Baker and his partner by parking in a lay-by as he arrived to visit his girlfriend who also lives in Windmill Hill.

Baker, 45, denies the charge.

Baker, who runs a taxi service and keeps a number of vehicles at his home is alleged to have struck Mr Dixon, causing him an injury to his cheekbone, after the argument escalated.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday that when he was arrested after the alleged incident he told police that he was on his way back to Suffolk from Bristol with a client, who was returning to Catterwade.

"I wasn't there," he told police.

He said he returned home in his silver Vauxhall Omega car at around 8.00am on the day in question after staying overnight with friends at Weston-super-Mare.

He refused to give details of the client he had driven because he claimed he ran a confidential chauffeuring service.

The trial continues.

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