Man admits attacking former friend in Fakenham street

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The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man who attacked his former friend in a Fakenham street has been ordered to wear an electronic tag for three months.

Darren Cooper, 43, pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault when he appeared in court in Lynn today.

The court was told the incident happened in Norwich Street, Fakenham on January 28 this year.

Jane Foster, prosecuting, said Cooper headbutted the victim, Patrick Payne, and punched him several times in the face.

She also read a victim impact statement from Mr Payne, in which he said the incident had made his existing anxiety condition almost unmanageable.

He said: “If I go shopping, I’m looking down aisles to see who’s there. I’m constantly in self-defence mode. I feel worthless.

“Even when I’m at home in bed, I’m expecting something will happen to me.”

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client had been friends with Mr Payne for around 10 years before they fell out in February last year.

She said that, since then, there had been repeated incidents of threats and insulting messages made by Mr Payne towards Cooper.

She added that the incident had been triggered by an offensive gesture by Mr Payne.

Cooper, of Holt Road, Little Snoring, was given a three month community order, during which he will have to wear an electronic tag and remain at his home between 7pm and 5am each day.

He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Payne, plus £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.