A man bit the hand of his girlfriend’s uncle in a row which started after he fell asleep on her sofa following a night out, magistrates have heard.
Nicholas Abbott, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and criminal damage when he appeared in court in Lynn today.
As magistrates ordered him to pay more than £900 in fines, compensation and costs, his solicitor, Dav Naghen observed: “It will prove to be a very expensive night out for him.”
The court earlier heard the incident had started late on the evening of August 8, when Abbott went to a house in Marsh Lane, Gaywood, with his then partner.
However, she asked him to leave after he fell asleep on her sofa, the bench heard.
When he confronted her, the woman called her mother, who then alerted the woman’s uncle, Stephen Parish, to attend the address.
Carrying an iPhone as he entered the property, he suggested Abbott should leave.
But Abbott pushed him in the chest and grabbed his hand, causing Mr Parish to drop the phone, which smashed on the floor.
Mr Parish put him in a bearhug in self-defence, from where Abbott bit his right hand and scratched him. Police arrived soon afterwards, the bench heard.
When interviewed, Abbott, of Stockwell Gate West, Whaplode, claimed Mr Parish had pushed him first, but later accepted he could have handled the situation better.
Mr Naghen added: “It shouldn’t have come to that. He accepts he should have got a taxi home.
Abbott was fined a total of £330 and told to pay £410 compensation, a £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 victim surcharge.