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Fight broke out after man left Fakenham pub, magistrates told

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A Sculthorpe man has been ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for getting into a drunken fight in Fakenham.

Aaron Leonard had been in a pub in Bridge Street causing a bit of a nuisance and seemingly spoiling for a fight, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

The 42-year-old then went outside and a commotion was soon heard.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)

Pub staff saw Leonard with two other men. He was preventing one from going down the road and someone was complaining of a bleeding lip.

Prosecutor Denise Holland said: “Police officers have seen Mr Leonard and one of the men grappling in Bridge Street.”

Mrs Holland said police tried to calm down Leonard but he seemed intent on pursuing the other man to fight him.

She added that neither of the other two men had been willing to support the Crown’s prosecution.

Leonard, of Moor Lane, Sculthorpe, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour on April 10.

In mitigation, solicitor Tiffany Meredith said her client was apologetic and had been back to the pub to express his remorse.

She added: “Mr Leonard’s memory of his actions, as you might have guessed, is a little sketchy. He’s done his best to piece together what happened that night.

“He recalls there was already a fight going on. He didn’t initiate it but he took the decision to intervene.

“It’s one of those situation where he came off quite a lot worse.”

Leonard was ordered to do the unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and was told to pay £200 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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