A MAN with a Gracehill address denies a charge of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on a male in Ballymena town centre.
Kevin Alan Henderson (30), of Royal Court Mews, is charged in relation to January 29 this year.
Ballymena Magistrates' Court was told police saw two males walking along a street in front of their vehicle in the Pentagon area of the town.
Police saw Henderson approach the other male in an "aggressive manner" whilst pointing his finger.
A struggle began and police allege the defendant punched the other man causing both to fall to the ground.
Police activated emergency lights and pulled alongside and at that point the defendant was "on top of" the other man and police separated them.
The other male claimed to police Henderson had "asked to see him and then struck him for no apparent reason".
Police saw the male had swelling to his right eye and there was blood coming from his nose and he attended hospital where he required plates in his jaw.
The case has been adjourned to May 12 to fix a date for a contest.