'Horse-punch' fan pleads not guilty
A Newcastle United fan accused of punching a police horse in the wake of the Tyne-Wear derby has pleaded not guilty to a charge of violent disorder.
Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, denied the charge presented at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court. The alleged incident occurred following the North-East derby between Newcastle and Sunderland on April 14, 2013.
Prosecutor Jim Hope said: “This case is so serious that it will have to be dealt with at the crown court.”
Rodgerson will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on September 23 to answer the charge.