UPDATE, April 2014: The case against Mr Gallon, 42, of Wilson Gardens, Gosforth, Newcastle, of common assault on Mr Charlton, racially aggravated harassment and using threatening words, was dismissed out of court as he was found to have no case to answer. All charges against Michael Jurowski were also dismissed by the court.
A company chief executive has appeared in court over an alleged assault.
Boda Gallon, who heads-up Keiro and runs Chase Park Neuro Centre in Whickham, Gateshead, was in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
The 42-year-old pleaded not guilty to three charges, including assault by beating, racially aggravated harassment or distress, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
He appeared alongside co-accused Michael Jurowski, who was facing two charges of assault by beating.
Gallon, of Wilson Gardens, Gosforth, Newcastle, is alleged to have assaulted Christopher Charlton during a fight in Newcastle on July 27.
Jurowski, 42, of Chae Meadows Blyth, Northumberland, is alleged to have assaulted Samuel HIggins and Fan Wei Victoria Midlane during the same fight.
Jurowski also pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
The pair will now stand trial at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in January.
David Parish, defending, said that Jurowski pleaded not guilty because all he’d done was intervene when he saw a group of four people attacking Gallon.
Both men were released on unconditional bail until their trial on January 17.
Dressed in suits, both spoke to confirm their name, date of birth and address and were later told-off by magistrates for talking to each other during the brief hearing.
As well as running Chase Park, Gallon has recently taken on one of his biggest projects to date.
The Gateway in Middlesbrough, due to open in December, will be the first facility of its kind in the UK, featuring not only rehabilitation services for people who’ve suffered brain injuries or have neurological problems, but a specialist community wellbeing hub, and transitional housing in partnership with Erimus Housing.
In an interview with the Journal earlier this year, the chief executive said he hoped Keiro would double both his current £3m turnover and 100-stong team of employees within only a couple of years.
Gallon is an established judo player and completed a business studies degree at Liverpool University before going on to do an MSc in property development at Manchester. During his studies, he undertook research for engineering and project management company Amec, then, when his father had a spell of poor health, got involved in the family business, the Millfield House Care Home.
UPDATE, April 2014: The case against Mr Gallon, 42, of Wilson Gardens, Gosforth, Newcastle, of common assault on Mr Charlton, racially aggravated harassment and using threatening words, was dismissed out of court as he was found to have no case to answer.