A MAN has denied assaulting a bystander after a crash in Chippenham.

Darren Ashley Barber was involved in a crash on Cornfields on April 4 of this year when there was a “short altercation” between himself and a bystander, prosecutors allege.

Barber is said to have bitten the witness on the nose, who had confronted him about the crash.

Appearing at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (June 15), Barber entered a not guilty plea to assault by beating.

Prosecutor Natalie Cheesman told the court that there was a crash between the 40-year-old and a reverend who was driving on Cornfields in Chippenham on April 4.

This Is Wiltshire: Darren Barber. Photo: Facebook.Darren Barber. Photo: Facebook.

She said that as Barber rang the police and the reverend got his paperwork, a man began shouting from a nearby flat, complaining that Barber was at fault.

This is when the “short altercation” happened, with Barber allegedly grabbing the complainant and biting his nose.

Barber’s advocate, Moses Tawo, said that his client “totally denies” biting the complainant.

The case was adjourned for trial at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court on October 12. Barber was released on conditional bail, and must not enter Cornfields or contact the reverend or the complainant.