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Dawn Borg and Craig McCollin assaulted couple outside Downham Market restaurant

A man and woman became involved in a fight outside a restaurant after the latter “saw red” and “exploded”.

Craig McCollin, 43, and Dawn Borg, 48, appeared together at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Borg, of Methwold Road in Whittington, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating, while McCollin admitted one assault by beating.

The incident involving Borg and McCollin took place outside a Downham restaurant
The incident involving Borg and McCollin took place outside a Downham restaurant

Their offences were committed on July 8 last year at a restaurant in Downham.

Crown prosecutor Holly Postle told the court that the two victims, another man and woman, were dining outside at a restaurant in the town when they were approached by the defendants.

McCollin and Borg said they had heard the pair make offensive remarks about Borg’s daughter, causing them to retaliate.

McCollin pinned the man to the wall of the restaurant, while Borg punched the woman’s face. She then spat at the man and punched him as well.

During an earlier court hearing on November 23, a district judge had adjourned the case in order for video footage to be recovered in a bid to establish what had been said in the lead-up to the incident.

However, the video had no sound and did not play a role in proceedings.

Mitigating for Borg, solicitor Ruth Johnson said: “It is right to say that Ms Borg pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity in November last year.

“Ms Borg confirmed to me that she saw red. She said that she exploded.

“She was incredibly apologetic for that, and made that clear on the last occasion.”

McCollin, who lives at Swifts Green Road in Luton, Bedfordshire, was unrepresented in court.

Hesaid: “I grabbed him and pushed him against the wall. I grabbed him so he didn’t grab a woman, basically.

“I am not too pleased about the whole situation.”

Magistrates, chaired by Ginny Hutton, handed Borg a 12-month community order which will require her to complete 120 hours of unpaid work. She will also pay a £114 victim surcharge.

McCollin, meanwhile, will complete 100 hours of unpaid work as part of his own 12-month community order, and will also pay a £114 surcharge.

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