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Man appears in court to deny assault on Dundee FC youth player John Black

Man appears in court to deny assault on Dundee FC youth player John Black

A man has gone on trial accused of assaulting a former Dundee FC youth player – allegedly endangering his life and permanently disfiguring him.

Robert Chambers is also alleged to have severely injured and permanently impaired John Black in the incident last autumn.

The jury of eight men and seven women was given a joint minute of agreed evidence to start the Crown case today.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that Mr Black, 21, was found unconscious on Old Hawkhill around 2.30am on October 8 last year.

He was rushed to Ninewells Hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain, the court heard. He was placed on life support before undergoing surgery to remove a section of his skull to alleviate swelling on his brain. He had further surgery to insert a metal plate in his skull.

Giving evidence, Mr Black said he had been out drinking in Blairgowrie on October 7 before leaving for Dundee. He said he remembered nothing of the night after leaving Blairgowrie.

Chambers, 24, of Craigmount Road, denies a charge of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment and danger of life.

It is alleged Chambers punched Mr Black to the head, causing him to fall back and strike his head on the ground.

The trial, before Sheriff Tom Hughes, continues.

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