Man assaulted two women outside eatery

A north Northumberland man has admitted assaulting two women during a late-night altercation in Berwick town centre.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 8:18 am
Berwick Magistrates' Court

Sam Hunter, 27, of West Longridge Farm, near Horncliffe, pleaded guilty to the offences outside Q’Urdi Express takeaway on Golden Square.

Berwick Magistrates’ Court heard that the offences took place in the early hours of November 19 following a brawl inside the takeaway.

James Long, prosecuting, told magistrates that the defendant had been drinking and his behaviour brought comment from two women, Amy Thompson and Jocelyn Robertson, which ended in a melee captured on CCTV.

They were moved outside by security staff where CCTV footage showed verbal arguments continuing before the defendant threw a punch at Miss Robertson, although the court heard it was unclear if the punch made contact. The defendant was charged with assault by beating.

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He was charged with the more serious offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Miss Thompson after striking her to the face and damaging a tooth.

In mitigation, it was claimed the defendant was provoked by the earlier attack on his girlfriend in the takeaway. He was also angry at being man-handled by security staff.

He was fined £583 for the assault on Miss Thompson and ordered to pay her £250 compensation.

He was fined £117 for the assault on Miss Robertson.

The defendant was also ordered to pat £85 court costs and a £58 victim surcharge.