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Stephen Tompkinson is accused of assaulting a parent so badly that he suffered a bilateral skull fracture.

The actor, 56, will stand trial in crown court on charges of causing serious physical harm.

According to reports, the assault happened in May of last year outside the home where he was living in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Stephen faces a GBH charge with a maximum five-year jail sentence if he is convicted.

Actor Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Banks (Image: LEFT BANK PICTURES (DCI BANKS) LIMITED 2014)
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However, the actor denies the charge.

The alleged victim is said to have a double skull fracture and is unable to work because of it.

Prosecutors claimed the actor “unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm”.

He appeared at North Tyneside magistrates’ court at the beginning of the month and pleaded not guilty.

According to The Sun, the charge is being sent to court for trial by jury.

The Mirror have contacted the actor’s representatives for comment.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service told the publication that the actor appeared before magistrates on August 10.

The spokesman explained: “He pleaded not guilty and will next appear at Newcastle crown court on Wednesday, September 7.”

Stephen is known for his role as DCI Alan Banks in ITV series DCI Banks.

He also appeared in Wild at Heart as Danny Trevanion, Truckers as Malachi Davies, Trollied as Brian and The Split as Davey McKenzie.

Between 1990 and 1998, he appeared as Damien Day in Drop the Dead Donkey. The actor had roles in many stage productions including A Christmas Carol, Tartuffe, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Boys from Syracuse.

Stephen recently starred as Frank Bryant in the stage adaptation of Educating Rita, opposite his real-life partner Jess Johnson.

The stage play was first launched in 2019 but had to be halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stephen has also done a variety of voice-over work, including adverts and audiobooks.

The actor is originally from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, but moved to Scarborough when he was young.

He was previously wedded to radio producer Celia Anastasia and publicist Nicci Taylor.

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