Man provoked into fight after friend receives racial abuse
AMAN ended up in a fist fight after his friend was racially abused, a court heard.
Harry Torson did not react despite being verbally and physically abused during two separate altercations in Macclesfield town centre, magistrates were told.
But the 20-year-old hit back when his friend was called a ‘p**i’, the court heard.
Torson, of Stoneyfold Lane, Macclesfield, admitted using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour at Macclesfield magistrates’ court on December 29.
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said: “At 12.10am on December 13 the defendant was dropped off in the town centre by his mother.
“He was walking with a friend, when four or five other males across the road started shouting something towards them but they didn’t know what they were shouting.
“The defendant and his friend continued walking and three of the males walked in front of them.
“The defendant asked them what their problem was and he was pushed in the chest and fell to the floor.
“A bouncer of a pub they were outside pulled the group away.
“Later on in the night the defendant and his friends were at Revolution bar and the defendant went outside for a cigarette.
“There they saw the male who had pushed the defendant.
“One of the defendant’s friends approached him about the earlier exchange. The defendant also went over and the male squared up to him.
“The defendant’s friend tried to split them up and the other male shouted “f--- off P**i”.
“The defendant and the male began swinging punches at each other.
“Bouncers moved them onto the street where police saw the two fighting.”
The court heard that Torson, who works in financial services, had spent the night watching the boxing before going out into town.
Antony Gardener, defending, said: “He was not the instigator. He was subjected to verbal and physical assaults which he ignored.
“Despite his best efforts he got involved when his friend was racially abused. He reacted inappropriately and got into a fight.
“He had a night in the cells for his troubles.”
Torson was sentenced to a three month conditional discharge.
Magistrate Peter Nash said: “There is a serious lesson – don’t mix alcohol and confrontation.”