Grantham court: No recollection of fight and ‘ashamed’ by CCTV

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A 21-year-old has pleaded guilty to a public order offence after a fight which he couldn’t remember because he was so drunk.

Gino Angeloni, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, admitted one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on June 27.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the court that the fight in which Angeloni threw punches at another man, took place at about 4.10am on Westgate, and was caught on CCTV.

From the footage, Angeloni appeared to get into an argument with members of another group, and was described as having pushed a man without obvious provocation. Mr Pietryka added that Angeloni was seen throwing three punches towards the face of another man.

Lisa Elkington, defending, explained that Angeloni had been on a night out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday party, and after drinking during the night had no recollection of the incident.

Miss Elkington added that on seeing the CCTV footage: “He was very shocked and ashamed of his behaviour. He was actually quite upset at what he saw.”

Following a brief adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service, probation officer Kiran Patel told magistrates that Angeloni realises drinking can lead to aggressive behaviour and has stopped going out to drink.

He added: “To all intents and purposes he knows he has to grow up.”

Despite recommendations by Mr Patel to sentence Angeloni to 120 to 150 hours’ unpaid work over 12 months, magistrates opted to reduce hours down to 80. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal court charge.

Chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell said: “It was an expensive night out, wasn’t it?”