Belvedere actor Tony Discipline, aka Tyler Moon in EastEnders, on trial for alleged Merah nightclub attack
THE TRIAL of an EastEnders actor from Belvedere accused of breaking a man’s jaw at a London nightclub has begun.
Tony Discipline – better known on screen as Tyler Moon - previously pleaded not guilty to GBH and common assault.
The 23-year-old’s trial was opened this morning (August 13) at Southwark Crown Court, in front of a jury of eight men and four women.
Hayden Deol, a 21-year-old area manager, needed metal plates fitted to his jaw following the alleged attack on May 21 last year at Fitzrovia nightclub Merah.
Jurors heard how Discipline, of Rutland Gate, attended the nightclub along with fellow EastEnders stars Bunmi Mojekwu, who plays Mercy Olubunmi, and Shona McGarty, who is better known on screen as Whitney Dean.
Opening the prosecution case, Riel Karmy-Jones said: “Hayden Deol was standing chatting to his friend along with his cousin Sab Deol when the defendant passed by.
“Sab Deol made a remark about his [Discipline’s] clothing, saying it looked like one of the shirts that Hayden wore to work.
“There is no doubt that this remark was somewhat derogatory and Hayden and Sab laughed.”
Miss Karmy Jones said Discipline did not like the two men laughing at him and he said something back to them “in an aggressive way.”
Hayden Deol then approached Discipline, pushing him with one hand in the chest, before returning to the VIP area of the club, where his friends were.
It is alleged Discipline followed the two men into the VIP area, where his EastEnders co-stars also occupied an area.
Miss Karmy Jones said: “The defendant accosted Sab and said ‘do you think you are funny?’
“He was angry and shouting when he said this and he then punched Sab twice in the face. Sab staggered backwards, dazed by the blow.
“The next thing that Sab saw was the defendant had moved over to Hayden and punched him.
“The punch was landed with such a force that he crashed back against the wall.”
Giving evidence in front of the court without screening, Hayden Deol said: “I lost balance – it was quite a forceful punch.”
He told jurors how he could tell immediately his jaw was dislocated to the right.
He was driven to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and the following morning (May 22) he was transferred to Kings College Hospital where he underwent surgery.
In total he spent more than four days in hospital.
He said he struggled to speak and open his mouth properly in the days following the operation and today he suffers from sharp pains when drinking.
The trial continues.