Man admits drunk assault

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A DRUNK launched an unprovoked attack on a complete stranger before assaulting a policewoman who had been called out to arrest him.

Dean Sanders punched Harvey Pownall in the face on the morning of August 4 - just moments after the victim checked out of the Brocket Arms Hotel.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the 25-year-old mumbled something at Mr Pownall, who was carrying luggage, at about 9.30am before punching him in the face.

Mr Pownall immediately went back to the hotel to ask staff to call the police.

But when PC Henaghan was called out to arrest Sanders - after he was spotted climbing garden fences on Wordsworth Avenue - a second assault occurred.

In interview, Sanders admitted he had been boozing until the early hours of that morning and had also taken cocaine.

Although he could not remember either incident, he accepted that the account of both victims must have been true.

Sanders, of Preston Street, Darwen, was handed a four-month jail term - suspended for 12 months - and ordered him to pay £435 compensation.