Man cried after seeing his attack on Heacham caravan park worker, court told

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A man broke down in tears when he realised he had assaulted a security guard in a bar at a Heacham caravan park.

Thomas Austin, 31, pleaded guilty to a single charge of assault when he appeared in court in Lynn this afternoon.

The court heard he had been on holiday in the area from his home in Manchester when the incident happened on the evening of August 26.

The court was told that other customers in the bar had complained about Austin’s behaviour and security officers felt it was necessary for him to leave the premises.

One of them, Kevin Blowers, approached Austin, who turned round and punched him in the side of the head before putting him in a headlock, the bench heard.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said Austin then punched Mr Blowers again in the back of the head before other customers intervened and removed him from the bar. He then walked back to his caravan.

Austin, who has a number of mental health conditions, was arrested the following day and told police he had been drinking extremely heavily and could not remember what happened.

However, he accepted he had been involved when he was shown CCTV footage from the premises.

Mr Beaumont added: “He broke down in tears during the interview and was concerned he had hurt Mr Blowers.” However, no injury was recorded.

Austin was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £100 compensation to Mr Blowers, plus £85 costs.