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It might be worthwhile having a telephone discussion about this - let me know if you would like me to set it up.
But to answer your question, if your son is convicted on the basis of joint enterprise the court would treat him similarly to the first defendant although there might be some reduction of this previous good character and lesser role.
This sounds like one persons word against and it seems right that your son is having a trial if he was acting to diffuse the situation and / or in self defence. Much will depend on the quality of the evidence given by the alleged victim and what other eye witnesses say. The comment that your son made is very helpful as is his good character.
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