Drunkard hit two diners, stole phone

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A MEAL in McDonalds turned into a nightmare for two youths after they were battered by a drunk.

Paul Osmond, 40, of Cambridge Road, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, one of theft and one for possession of cannabis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court last week.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, said: “On Sunday, February 13 Jordan Panice and Oliver Fleckney were in McDonalds and were aware of Osmond and his partner who were drunk and singing loudly.

“Osmond then started pointing at Mr Panice and making comments about his mother. He walked over to Mr Panice and punched him on the top of his head and on the left side of his face, causing cuts.

“As Mr Panice left he left his Apple i-phone in the restaurant and Osmond picked it up and put it in his pocket.

“When Mr Fleckney asked him to return it Osmond swore at him and punched him in the face.

“Osmond then went into the Carlisle pub. Police were called and the phone was recovered. They also found a small quantity of cannabis on him.

“He told police he had spent most of the day drinking and could not remember what happened.

“He has previous convictions and was sentenced to two years in prison for wounding in July 2003.”

Magistrates adjourned sentencing for reports to be drawn up and told Osmond they were keeping all their options open, including sending him to prison.