A BOOZY Riddings man who got involved in a street fight on his stag night has been spared jail.
Five men appeared before magistrates following the late-night incident in Chesterfield town centre on 16th October last year.
Trouble flared after Liam Redmond (24) tried to talk to his ex-girlfriend but was refused entry to the bar she was in.
His solicitor, Joe Harvey, said: “That wasn’t going to happen and he became aware that a group of males were enjoying the fact he couldn’t speak to her and were goading him.”
Door staff asked CCTV operators to monitor the situation and three police officers attended the scene, said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.
A fight then broke out involving members of two groups, one from the Alfreton area and the other from Chesterfield.
Ms Mahon said Matthew England pushed Richard Tippler, who attempted to headbutt him. Tippler was then punched by Patrick Hind and Jason Carr. Redmond intervened and scuffled with Hind.
Officers moved in to end the brawl and were prepared to use CS gas. England was told to get back and he then appeared to act as a peacemaker, holding back Carr (40).
Carr, of Valley View Road, Riddings, was arrested and told police he was celebrating his stag night when he saw someone hit a friend, and he ‘flipped’.
“He said he wasn’t a big drinker. He couldn’t remember his actions and he was ashamed when he saw the CCTV footage,” added Ms Mahon.
Hind (36), of Bluebell Hill, Stretton; Tippler (29), of Victoria Street, Brimington; Redmond, of Manor Road, Brimington; and Carr all admitted using threatening behaviour.
The bench warned they could be locked up but, after hearing probation service reports, ordered each of them to do 100 hours’ unpaid work, with £85 costs.
England (33), of Dale View, Stretton, denied threatening behaviour and a trial will be held on 30th April.
“While it was an unpleasant incident it took place within inches of police officers and was wrapped up pretty easily,” said Mr Harvey, who also represented Tippler, a professional abseiler.
Hind told the court: “I was only acting in defence of one of my friends”, while Carr said: “I had way too much to drink.”