Wanted a fight at marina

A MAN took off his coat and wanted to fight outside a pub, a court heard

But Leon Peter Wilson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court that he only acted aggressively because he had been assaulted first.

The 22-year-old Hartlepool man was spotted by police outside of Rosie O’Grady’s, at Navigation Point, on Hartlepool’s Marina.

Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper said: “It was 10.40pm when police officers were on duty at Navigation Point.

“There was a verbal argument outside Rosie O’Grady’s bar and the defendant was identified as being involved with that. He started to shout at another male, saying he would fight him.

“He started throwing his arms about in an aggressive manner before removing his jacket and shouting ‘come on then’.”

She added: “He was arrested and was obviously under the influence of alcohol at the time.”

Jobless Wilson, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on March 10.

Mitigating, Adrian Morris, said: “He went out to socialise this particular evening and he was assaulted by another man and this is what he’s taken exception to. Police officers didn’t witness this.

“His guilty plea today is that unfortunately he lost his temper and was unable to calm himself down.

“He’s a young man who is out of work and due to his finances he doesn’t go out regularly, which makes this matter all the more disappointing.”

Chairman of the bench Joan Fenwick sentenced Wilson to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 costs.