Man threw ‘haymaker’ in Mansfield town centre fight

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A drunk young man who threw a ‘haymaker’ at a reveller in Mansfield town centre during an early-morning fight has been handed a £200 fine.

Matthew Alan Gilbert was spotted by patrolling police in the town in the early ours of 2nd May, throwing the punch at another man.

The 22-year-old appeared to make contact with the victim, prompting the police to intervene and arrest him.

Appearing before Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Gilbert admitted a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour to cause fear or provoke violence.

For the Crown Prosecution Service, Neil Hollett, said that minutes before the incident, the police had spoken with a group of males, including Gilbert, on Leeming Street who appeared to be squaring up to each other, but eventually went their separate ways.

Gilbert was then spotted near to Illusions Nightclub just prior to throwing the punch.

After being arrested, he was taken away for questioning where he admitted the attack and said he was ‘disgusted’ with himself.

He said he had been drinking pints of beer, wine and vodka, and could not remember the incident.

Representing himself in court, Gilbert, of Mill Walk, Whitwell, addressed the magistrates by saying: “I’m disgusted with myself and have acted very out-of-character.

“It won’t happen again.”

Gilbert said he had spoken to the victim since, had apologised and even ‘become friends’.

The magistrates said: “Hopefully we won’t see you in court again so we will put this down to a one off.”

As well as the £200 fine, he was told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.