Good Samaritan punched in row

A JOBLESS man attacked a good Samaritan as he tried to defuse an argument.

Tyrone Avis, 24, of Buckingham Road, St Leonards, was out in town joking about with his friend when they nearly collided with a passing cyclist.

Avis got into a row with the cyclist and then two men intervened, Hastings magistrates heard on Monday.

Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “The defendant and his friend were larking about and narrowly missed the cyclist and remonstrated with him. Two men then stepped in, one being Aaron Kirk. At one point the defendant got Mr Kirk in a headlock before a struggle ensued and both ended on the ground. Mr Kirk suffered a cut to the inside of his lips, bumps and bruises.”

Avis pleaded guilty to assault by beating and also admitted breaching a conditional discharge imposed on him after he was convicted of criminal damage in a separate case.

Samantha Wingfield, defending, said: “The defendant accepts he had a fair amount to drink.

“His friend pushed him for a laugh and they managed to step out of the way avoiding a collision with the cyclist. But he stopped and shouted some sort of abuse.

“Mr Avis went back to the cyclist but two members of the public came and intervened. Mr Avis, through a lack of judgement perhaps due to alcohol, punched one of them.

“The defendant does not have an alcohol problem but had too much to drink.”

Magistrates gave Avis an 18-month conditional discharge for the criminal damage offence and a nine-month community order for the assault charge.

He must also pay £85 costs.