Without Mrs B giving evidence, here’s my informed opinion of what might make up the prosecution case:
1. The 999 call - we can see from the article that Mrs B called the police and said JB has throttled then kicked her.
2. Upon police arrival they’ll have undoubtedly been wearing body worn video. It’ll be interesting to see at what point Mrs B retracted her accusation. Did she continue it to police upon their arrival? Did the two other people present tell the police what had happened and was this captured on body worn video?
3. the injury. Said to be a half golf ball sized lump.
4. previous incidents between the two parties whether prosecuted or not.
5. bad character. Now, we know JB likes the odd assault, but in order to be used as evidence is has to be pretty strikingly similar. You can’t just tell a judge - he’s got convictions for assault - there are proper and quite tough hoops to jump through to allow bad character to be allowed in a trial.
6. CCTV - as someone mentioned above - this took place outside. There might be Cctv.
all in all, cps only charge people if they think there’s a realistic prospect of conviction. So there’s definitely evidence here. Injury plus initial complaint is a good start - I wonder what else there might be… I wonder what JB’s behaviour was like when those officers and their body worn video turned up?!
it’ll be interesting that’s for sure.