Adie cameraman convicted of punching pedestrian

By Laura Elston,Rashid Razaq
Wednesday 18 December 2002 01:00

A cameraman who was supported in court by the broadcaster Kate Adie and the former war correspondent Martin Bell was found guilty yesterday of a road-rage attack on a pedestrian.

Nigel Bateson, whose job has taken him to war zones around the world, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in London of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The cameraman, a South African, said he had acted in self-defence when he punched Malcolm Brockwell in the face in street in November last year. Bateson, 46, said he was trying to protect his wife after Mr Brockwell attacked their car with his briefcase in a fit of anger. But Mr Brockwell, 53, an IT installation manager, told the court he had not touched the vehicle.

Sentencing was adjourned.