Man pro­voked into fight af­ter friend re­ceives racial abuse

Macclesfield Express - - GROOM HIT BRIDESMAID IN WEDDING PUNCH-UP - STU­ART GREER

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.”

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