Man fined for assault using stick

A HUNMANBY man who hit someone with is walking stick in the Co-op has been fined £100.

Ian Newall, 55, of Bridlington Street, appeared before Scarborough Magistrates facing one charge of assault.

A guilty plea was entered by Newall for the charge relating to an incident on New Year’s Day.

The court heard at the time of the incident Newall was on a conditional discharge for theft.

Prosecuting Dawn Birkett told magistrates the complainant and the defendant fell out some years ago while at a party at Newall’s house, during which Newall accused the complainant of stealing items from his house.

Mrs Birkett said: “Since that incident the defendant has not said anything to the complainant despite seeing him in the village.

“The complainant was in the Co-op and saw the defendant.

“He says the defendant carried a metal walking stick, and he said to him he wanted to know where his stuff was. As the complainant tried to walk away the defendant struck him across the back with his stick and became very agitated. The complainant then ran away out of the shop.”

Magistrates heard the complainant did not need medical treatment but was left with a red mark across his back from the single strike.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said; “With regard to the party almost two years ago during the course of the evening there was an allegation made that the complainant had sexually assaulted my clients partner and stole items from his property.

“The police were called though no charges were made due to lack of evidence.

“When my client suddenly came across the complainant in the supermarket it was a very great shock to him and in his own words my client ‘saw red and lost it’.”

After hearing the evidence magistrates sentenced Newall to a £100 fine and £85 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay a £50 fine for the previous theft charge.