Drunk fan attacked man who tried to help

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A DRUNK Arsenal fan who had just watched his side lose 2-1 to Manchester United attacked a good samaritan, breaking the victim’s ankle.

Craig Hewitt, of Hudson Way, Grantham, watched the game at The Playhouse, in Watergate, before turning aggressive and being ejected by staff.

In a statement, the victim said he went to help as he was concerned Hewitt, 19, would harm himself and others.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Hewitt then began “lightly headbutting” the victim.

Mr Clare said: “He lifted his right leg up and stamped on the victim’s left ankle. He was taken to Grantham A&E. His left ankle was obviously broken.”

The victim has undergone three operations since the attack.

Mr Clare said the incident has had a massive impact on the victim’s life, preventing him from working as a self-employed personal trainer.

In interview, Hewitt told police he had consumed eight or nine pints of cider that day. He showed remorse for his actions and admitted the victim was just “trying to calm him down”.

Stuart Wild, defending, said: “He was visibly saddened by the thought of what he had done.”

Hewitt admitted causing grievous bodily harm without intent. The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports until May 25. Hewitt was released on unconditional bail.

Chair of Magistrates Graham Harman said: “All options are open including custody.”