Attack by Grantham man was ‘childish’

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A 20-year-old who punched a man in the face said he was provoked after being called a “d**k head”.

Justin Gray, of Sixth Avenue in Grantham, admitted common assault after attacking the victim at 3.30am in London Road.

The court heard how Gray, who had been drinking in town, was stood outside flats in the rain shouting for a friend to let him inside.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said: “It seems the complainant made some comment towards the defendant who immediately went towards the couple, shouting and swearing at them.

“He threw a number of punches at the complainant, striking him in the head and face.”

In his police interview Gray admitted the attack.

Mr Johnson said: “He accepts he lost his temper. His recollection was that the words used towards him were something along the lines of “d**k head”. The defendant felt he “needed a slap to show you can’t go around calling people names”.

“He accepted he was in drink and if he were sober it is unlikely he would have gone that far.”

Gray also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Rory Macmillan, defending, described the attack as “childish behaviour”.

He said: “He was very drunk, wet through from the rain and did the wrong thing. He feels very stupid for his childish behaviour and doesn’t offer any excuses.”

Gray was sentenced to a 12-month supervision requirement which includes an alcohol awareness course. He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs but spared having to pay any compensation to the victim.

Chairman of magistrates George Hoyles said: “Obviously drink gets the better of you, then you become non compos mentis, don’t know what you are doing, then commit the crime.”