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Recovering alcoholic attacked stranger
A RECOVERING alcoholic punched a pedestrian in a random daytime assault – just weeks after being released from prison.
Jason McCarthy had downed four cans of lager when he punched the man in the side of the head in broad daylight in Lower Banister Street, Southampton, on October 18.
Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard how the 40-year-old, of Rose Road, Portswood, was heard shouting and swearing before the unprovoked assault.
Charles Nightingale, prosecuting, said police officers were flagged down by a member of the public who had witnessed the attack outside the 90 Degrees club.
He said: “The aggrieved was pointed out by officers and said he had been assaulted by a punch to the face.
“The aggrieved said he heard a raised voice in Lower Banister Street. The defendant came round the corner, shouting and swearing, and the victim said the defendant looked at him and said ‘are you looking at me?’.
“The victim walked past and that’s when the defendant punched him in the face, with a clenched fist to the right of the ear.”
The court heard how McCarthy, who has a string of previous convictions for shoplifting, had been released from prison two weeks before the incident.
Nicholas Muir, defending, said McCarthy had long-term drink and medical issues but is turning his life around.
He said: “He has some up-coming computer courses. He says he is sorry for the offence and wants to stop behaving in this way.
“He has not done anything like this before. He is turning his life around and not drinking every day, he says he is on the right path.”
McCarthy pleaded to one count of assault by beating.
Steven Anderton, chairman of the bench, ordered McCarthy to pay total costs of £145.
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