A FORMER soldier punched a grieving son who was mourning at his own mother’s wake.
Ian Glencross, 42, went to the wake at the village Hall in South Witham to see his ex-partner in an attempt to “reconcile their differences”.
Instead, Glencross began arguing with his former partner, upsetting other mourners.
The altercation became so heated that the son of the deceased was forced to step in to ask Glencross to leave.
Jill Derby, prosecuting, said: “He was clearly distressed at the verbal altercation as his mother’s funeral wake.
“When he asked Mr Glencross to leave he punched him to his face, causing a small cut to his lip.”
Fellow mourners then intervened to get between Glencross and the victim and the police were called.
Glencross admitted a public order charge after the victim refused to make a complaint.
Glencross, defending himself, said: “I apologise for letting myself down, letting my country down and letting my people down.”
Glencross, of New Cross Road, Stamford, told the court he was working hard to adjust to civilian life after leaving the armed forces.
He added: “At the end of the day I should have been more remorseful and understanding, being a professional soldier.
“I should have been more responsible for my actions.”
Glencross was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £25 and a victim surcharge of £15.