Celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jnr underwent two rounds of cheekbone surgery after being elbowed by his stepson in a furious bust-up at home, a court heard.
Mr Galvin, 51, underwent two operations to fix a depressed fracture to his cheekbone following the fracas at his Georgian farmhouse, in Pensham, Worcs.
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today charged with assaulting his stepfather.
The martial arts trainer denies causing actual bodily harm – claiming he acted in proportionate self-defence.
Opening a trial – which was later aborted following technical difficulties – John Dove, prosecuting, said Yadgaroff used ‘force that was both unreasonable and excessive’.
Mr Galvin alleged he was elbowed, punched and kicked, before being ‘suffocated’ between Yadgaroff’s legs in the family’s garage, Mr Dove said.
Raphael Yadgaroff (pictured with his mother Suzanna Twigg (left) outside Worcester Magistrates court today), 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today charged with assaulting his stepfather
Mr Galvin, 51, underwent two operations to fix a depressed fracture to his cheekbone following the fracas at his Georgian farmhouse, in Pensham, Worcs, the court heard
Mr Galvin (pictured with his estranged wife) alleged he was elbowed, punched and kicked, before being ‘suffocated’ between Yadgaroff’s legs in the family’s garage, Mr Dove said
He claimed he was then elbowed in an upstairs bedroom and put in a chokehold by his stepson, who teaches the self defence technique Krav-Maga.
Yadgaroff told police he acted to protect himself when ‘drunk’ Mr Galvin ‘approached him in a boxer’s stance with his right-fist loaded’.
South Worcestershire Magistrates’ Court heard that the confrontation, on June 18 last year, spread from Mr Galvin’s garage to the upstairs of their home.
His son, Rhett, 21 – Yadgaroff’s half-brother – dialled 999, saying: ‘I need police here now, my dad’s attacked my brother.’
Officers arrived at the estimated £1.5million country pile, which has four acres of land, to find Mr Galvin being restrained by Yadgaroff.
The hairdresser was initially arrested but no further action was taken. In a police interview, Yadgaroff said he used a ‘pre-emptive strike’ with his elbow and knee to defend himself from Mr Galvin, who counts Prince Charles among friends.
Reading out a summary of the case, Mr Dove said: ‘Mr Yadgaroff said he had some tasks to do in the garage as part of his work for Mr Galvin.
‘He walked past Daniel on his way and noticed that he was drunk, which he said was not unusual.
‘Daniel was shouting something aggressively to him about boxes. He accepts that he told him to ‘f*** off’.
‘He then said Daniel followed him into the garage, approached him in a boxer’s stance with his right fist loaded and punched Raphael with his left hand.
Celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jnr (pictured with his estranged wife) was allegedly assaulted by his stepson in a blazing row at the family’s luxury £1.5million Georgian farmhouse, a court heard
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, appeared before South Worcestershire magistrates today charged with assaulting his stepfather
‘He said Daniel was an amateur boxer and very physically fit.
‘He said he felt scared at this point and delivered an elbow and knee strike, saying it was proportionate in order to get him under control.’
Yadgaroff told police that he tried to lock Mr Galvin in the garage believing the hairdresser would ‘resume the altercation’.
He said he then used two elbow strikes in ‘quick succession’ when Mr Galvin attempted to come into an upstairs bedroom with his ‘hands up’.
Yadgaroff claimed he had told Mr Galvin ‘several times’ to calm down but said it had ‘no effect’.
Mr Galvin underwent surgery twice, in July and August 2020, after a first procedure to reposition the cheekbone was unsuccessful.
The 31-year-old Raphael Yadgaroff (pictured), a former self-defence trainer, is an entrepreneur who ran Clique Asia which offers luxury holidays in the Far East with access to sex parties
Mr Dove said Mr Galvin accepted following Yadgaroff into the garage ‘in order to find out why he hadn’t replied to an earlier message’.
After being told to ‘f*** off’, he claimed his stepson delivered a ‘strike with his right elbow to the left side of his face’.
Mr Galvin alleged he was punched and kicked before he was then ‘suffocated’ on the garage floor.
Prosecutors allege the level of force used by Yadgaroff was ‘both unreasonable and excessive’.
Mr Dove said: ‘The defendant only suffered minor injuries to his knee during the course of the incident.
‘The level of force he admits using – the elbow strike and the knee strike – was far too excessive.
‘The medical evidence shows that he went far beyond what would have been described as reasonable in defending himself.’
Mr Galvin Jnr is the owner of award-winning haircare ranges Dubble Trubble and Organic Head.
He is the fourth generation of his family to run hair salons in London. His father Daniel Galvin Snr famously gave Diana Princess of Wales blonde streaks and styled Lady Thatcher’s hair.
It was revealed in August that Mr Galvin had split from Suzanna, 62. The couple, who wed in 2000, are in the advanced stages of divorce proceedings which began in September 2020.
Daniel Jnr is the fourth generation of his family to run hair salons in London. His father hairdresser Daniel Galvin Snr (pictured) famously gave Diana Princess of Wales blonde streaks
Suzanna, who was set to give evidence in support of her son, was seen stood with him outside court.
Mr Galvin sat alone in another part of the building waiting to give evidence. A new trial was listed to take place on December 6.
Releasing Yadgaroff, of Bristol, on conditional bail, chairman of the bench Richard Poppleton told him: ‘You’ve seen everybody trying their best to make the technology work for the benefit of all parties concerned.
‘I apologise but it would not be fair on anyone in the court today to proceed now. ‘
Yadgaroff is an entrepreneur who two years ago launched a sex party company that promised ‘no strings’ fun in a luxury holiday setting has revealed that he sometimes joins in at the x-rated events he hold.