Festival yob spared jail for assaults

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A YOB came close to jail after he punched two security men before headbutting a reveller at a music festival.

Philip Joseph Price “kicked off” at Hartlepool’s Pitch Invasion after downing eight cans of lager, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Thousands of music fans attended the two-day music festival at Victoria Park last month.

Price, 23, punched two security men who were called to calm him down.

Then as he was being led away he headbutted festival goer Josh Brown, 18.

Tahira Bouchier, prosecuting, said: “Two members of security were alerted by the male acting in an intoxicated state towards other people in the immediate area.

“One of the members of security tried to usher the male, later identified as the defendant, away he was punched to the face causing him to fall to the floor.

“He proceeded to assault other persons who assisted.

“As the security guards were trying to walk the defendant away he looked towards Josh Brown, walked over towards him and headbutted him to the face.”

Neil Taylor, mitigating, said Price had reacted after an altercation when he claimed he was kicked on the floor.

Mr Taylor said: “His behaviour went beyond merely defending himself. My client had clearly had too much to drink.

“His partner is pregnant and he has a lot to live for.”

Price, of Oakley Gardens, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating and one of drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Magistrates agreed to follow the probation service’s recommendation to impose a sentence of 90 days prison suspended for 18 months.

Chairman of the bench, Janet Watson, said: “Another event like this there is only one place you are going in all honesty.”

Price was also ordered to pay each of the three victims £75 compensation and £85 costs.