DTA was charged with assault and damage of property, arising out of an argument between himself and the complainant one night in the complainant’s flat. The actual facts of the fight were highly contested, but DTA accepted that he had slapped the complainant with an open palm. When police arrived they also found a broken fish tank.
During pre-trial negotiations, DTA agreed to plead guilty to the charge of common assault, and the prosecution agreed to amend the particulars of the facts to more accurately reflect the lower severity of the offence. The negotiations also resulted in the prosecution withdrawing the charge relating to the broken fish tank. DTA was sentenced to a short term of imprisonment.