Chance meeting led to assault on man in street

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A MAN has been given a community order for assault.

Christopher Horridge, 21, of Oak Avenue, Golborne, pleaded guilty to assaulting Daniel Kearns, when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Ms Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told the court that on April 30, Mr Kearns had left his house in Pine Grove, Golborne, when he saw Horridge, whom he had first met four years ago, during an incident which left his forearm broken.

Horridge threw his victim to the ground, pulled his top and punched him to the back of the head.

As Mr Kearns tried to cover his face with his hands, Horridge hit him in the ribs and the back of the head.

He kicked Mr Kearns in the left arm and stopped when a relative shouted at him.

It was believed Horridge was angry about his friend’s window being smashed as he shouted to Mr Kearns ‘if you break a window again, I will kill you.’

Mr Kearns suffered sore ribs, red marks to the back of his neck, a swollen left arm and his forearm, which had a metal plate from a previous injury, was sore.

At a previous hearing, Horridge admitted he grabbed Kearns, but denied kicking him.

Mr Glen Wrigley, defending, said: “This was an assault where fortunately lesser harm was caused. He accepts full culpability as he took matters into his own hands. It was a chance meeting and was not premeditated.”

He added that Horridge had recently split up with his girlfriend and has severe problems with alcohol.

Horridge was sentenced to a 12-month community order, subject to supervision and a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

An outstanding £400 fine was remitted to allow for £120 compensation to the victim, £100 court costs and a £39.40 consolidated fee.