A REVELLER needed dental work after being punched by a man he taunted in the street.
Benjamin Cushlow had one tooth knocked out and another loosened when he was struck by Anthony Hanley.
Mr Cushlow had shouted at Hanley in Church Street, Hartlepool, saying he would “hurt him like he had hurt his dad”.
Hanley, 26, walked up to Mr Cushlow and the threat was repeated before Hanley swung at him and hit him in the mouth.
Hanley admitted to the assault at 4.30am on July 3 at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.
His case was adjourned by town justices so a pre-sentence report could be prepared.
Vicky Wilson, prosecuting, said: “The injured party, who was not known to the defendant, made threats of violence. He also shouted about his father.
“The defendant approached him and the threats were repeated.
“He punched him in the mouth with his left fist, causing the loss of one tooth and the loosening of another, along with swelling and bruising. He needed medical attention.
“The defendant may have been approached but at no point did the injured party move towards him.”
Adrian Morris, mitigating, said it was the first time Hanley, of Mason Walk, Hartlepool, had been brought before the courts.
He added: “My client heard someone shout ‘Tosh’, which is his nickname, and that got his attention.
“They were significant verbal threats and caused my client to be provoked into punching him once.
“He has said from day one that he shouldn’t have done it and he deeply regrets it.”
Hanley was granted bail with the condition to cooperate with the Probation Department until he is back in court on March 16 to be sentenced.