Mobile phone row led to assault
A MAN attacked his friend after a row over a mobile phone.
Nigel Hassall, 35, punched Gavin Murphy after ‘he became angry and lost control’, a court heard.
At Stockport magistrates’ court, Hassall, of Range Court, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating.
Robin Lynch, prosecuting, said: “Mr Murphy used to live with the defendant and describes him as a friend.
“On October 14 Mr Murphy told the defendant he was selling a mobile phone he had been given by him. There was an argument as they walked to the shop and the phone was sold.
“The argument continued outside and the defendant punched the victim in the face.”
The Probation service told the court that Hassall ‘became angry and lost control’ after the row.
The court heard that Hassall has a borderline personality disorder and suffers from chronic pain after jumping out of a window in 2009.
He was sentenced to a six weeks curfew and 20 days rehabilitation activity. He must also pay £50 compensation and there is a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim for a year.
Nigel Hassall pleaded guilty to assault