Shameless Elliott Tittensor faces huge pay out for ‘battering’ Archway man with car

PUBLISHED: 17:29 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 23 February 2015

Elliott Tittensor with Kaya Scodelario, his girlfriend at the time of the incident Pic: Ian West/PA

Elliott Tittensor with Kaya Scodelario, his girlfriend at the time of the incident Pic: Ian West/PA

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A star of TV show Shameless must fork out huge damages to an Archway man he “battered” with his car, a judge ruled.

Elliott Tittensor, who played Carl Gallagher in the hit Channel 4 show, was being sued for more than £300,000 by Oliver Flint, a trainee plumber of Balmore Street, Archway.

Mr Flint was thrown from the bonnet of Mr Tittensor’s BMW outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Kentish Town in 2010.

The pair had clashed after the 18-year-old’s phone battery ran out and Mr Tittensor refused to let him borrow his mobile, the High Court heard.

Mr Tittensor, 25, was out with his then girlfriend – Skins star, Kaya Scodelario, 22 – at the time and his motor insurance had run out.

Mr Flint was left with brain injuries and is now blind in one eye.

The court heard earlier how Mr Tittensor “fled the scene”, leaving Ms Scodelario behind in the McDonald’s branch.

He denied any wrongdoing, saying he acted in lawful self-defence in a bid to evade the plumber, who he accused of being “drunk and aggressive”.

Under cross-examination, he told the judge: “I was being selfish about my own safety.”

“Kaya’s safety was a concern of mine, but my own was my main concern at the time, because of what I’d been through.

“It was a ridiculously lurid incident. I was so scared after the whole of what happened I didn’t know what to do.”

The court heard the actor “drove forward” and “hit Mr Flint with the front of his car” .

Mr Tittensor fought to hold back tears after the ruling.

Mr Justice Edis said: “The decision to which I have come is that Mr Flint succeeds in his claim against Mr Tittensor for battery”.

Mr Flint is now guaranteed a very substantial compensation, though the final amount has yet to be assessed.

Following the original incident, the actor was fined £750 by Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for driving without insurance.

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