Gaunt Stephen Tompkinson says hes eating again after stress of court case

Audio of police call made by actor Stephen Tompkinson

Gaunt-looking Stephen Tompkinson has revealed he’s ‘eating again’ after he was found not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The 57-year-old DCI Banks’ star was invited onto Friday’s Lorraine to speak out about the ordeal.

Mr Tompkinson had appeared in court last week accused of punching Karl Poole in the head after he made noise outside the home he shared with his partner in Whitley Bay, north tyneside.

The court was told Mr Poole suffered brain injuries after falling to the floor and hitting his head in the alleged incident on May 30, 2021.

Last week, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court took just under two hours to find the actor not guilty.

Speaking to the star today on her show, Lorraine told Stephen: “You’re back and you’ve put all of this behind you and I have to say you’re looking a lot better because I was a wee bit worried about you.”

He replied: “Yes, well I am eating again, which is good.”

Lorraine added: “Well you are back to where you belong, that is for sure.

“I’m so sorry that you had to go through that ordeal for so long!”

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However, Stephen said: “Well, it had to be answered, didn’t it?”

When asked how long it took the court to “throw out” his case, he replied: “Less than an hour. You have to wonder was it worth bringing it [to court] in the first place.

“They were trying to prove a punch which never happened, there was no physical evidence on my hands or the guy’s face. He was just incredibly drunk and he fell.”

Lorraine added: “Well I am glad it’s over, you can put it in the past and you can just get on with it.

“I’m so glad everything is OK again, but you shouldn’t have had to go through it in the first place.”

During his trial, Stephen told Newcastle Crown Court that he was not working and that booked jobs had been axed as a result of the case.

When asked if having the case hanging over him has affected his ability to work, he told the court: “Very much so, yes.”

Asked if he needs to work, he said: “Yes, absolutely.”

He added: “In no way trying to compare my situation with the injury Karl suffered, they don’t compare, I’ve had situations taken away from me that were in place. I’ve been told while this is hanging over me any association is put on hold.”

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