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On the face of it , you seem to be raisingprivate defence. If that is right then you can plead not guilty and the matterwill be set down for trial but you will have to identify the issue to thecourts which I suppose is private defence until then which witnesses you wantto attend. The only thing you need toconsider though is whether or not this was really a reasonable reaction . Selfdefence is a fairly narrow defence only allowing you to do what is reasonable. ObviouslyI haven't seen the case and had chance to assess the evidence but whether apunch in the face is really necessary and reasonable is open to question.
I suppose that you have tried to get legal aidand failed probably because of the earning threshold.
You might be able to use the duty solicitor atcourt.
If you are having a trial though then youwould have to deal with the issue of funding at some point
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