Mobile phone row led to as­sault

Macclesfield Express - - HALLOWEEN COSTUMES -

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

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