A MAN who was caught kicking someone on the floor claims he acted in self defence, a court has heard.
Bradley Stradins, of Gas Street, Leigh, admitted a public order offence of using threatening and abusive words when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.
Mike Ardern, prosecuting, said that the matter only came to light after CCTV footage was recovered, showing that in the early hours of June 29, the 18-year-old kicked a man on the ground whilst on a night out in Leigh town centre.
After making several inquiries, police identified the defendant and arrested him.
There were no witnesses to the brawl and the victim did not make a complaint, meaning Stradins was charged with a public order offence.
When interviewed by police, Stradins said that he and a friend had been attacked by two other men and so he punched one of them in self defence.
Mr Ardern said: “When one of the males went to the floor, the defendant kicked him to the face whilst he was still down.
“Once that male was on the floor, he went beyond self-defence.”
Colin Rawson, defending, said: “He gave a guilty plea on the basis he kicked a person on the floor and he acted in self defence.
“There was no complainant so it is a public order offence.
“A lot has happened this year - Stradins has just become a father and he had been enjoying himself on a night out.
“This incident was in isolation and he should be given credit for his early guilty plea.”
Stradins was given a condition discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.