Man faces arrest on return to UK after skipping court and flying to Benidorm on holiday

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SKIPPED COURT: And flew to Benidorm on holiday instead. Inset: Goodwood racecourse where the fight is alleged to have happened. Photo credits: Shutterstock

A MAN accused of kicking another racegoer in the head during a mass brawl at Goodwood races failed to appear in court after flying to Spain’s Costa Blanca on holiday.

Leslie Sharp, 49, was one of 11 men charged in connection with the fight in West Sussex.

But he flew to Spain on the morning he was due to appear in court the magistrates were told. The Worthing court heard he will be arrested and held without bail when he returns to the UK.

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Sharp is charged with assaulting Andrew Renwick causing actual bodily harm in May this year.

Police officers were stationed at the court to keep the peace as all ten appeared in court, split into two groups.

Michael Harry Suffield, 29, Tyrone Sharp, David Lee Salway, 28, Peris Dore, 27, and Michael Paul Hand, 32, all from Gosport sat on one side of the dock.

Jack McLoughlin, 23, Darius Nikoli Wharton, 18, Jack Couper, 22, Kyle Binns, 26, and James Mackay Whitlock, 26, all from Southampton appeared at the other side of the courtroom.

All ten are charged with violent disorder at the race meeting.

None of the men entered a plea and were sent to Guildford Crown Court.

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