HAILSHAM: Man who hit out in argument over milk escapes jail

A 22-YEAR-OLD who assaulted another man following an argument over milk has been ordered to pay compensation.

Marcus Black, of The Drive, Hellingly, lashed out at a member of staff at the unit where he lives, which provides services for people with mental illness and personality disorders.

Eastbourne magistrates heard that the defendant, who is on licence, had an argument with the victim which escalated.

He was told some of his privileges would be taken away for a period of time which Black reacted badly to and began punching the member of staff to the face and kicked him to the ground.

Black pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Justin Rivett, defending, said his client had apologised for his actions.

He added, “Marcus says that what happened is a situation that escalated over an argument about whether he could have some milk.

“Having been refused he maintains the victim in the case was being verbally abusive towards him.”

Mr Rivett said there was some shoving between the two men and the struggle ended with them both falling to the floor.

He added, “He maintains that he did not grab him around the throat.

“He accepts that he was abusive, pushing him and punching him.

“I ask you to consider that the difference between the version of events is not so significant it would make a difference to sentence you can impose.

“It’s a genuine expression of remorse, he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“He has been diagnosed as having anger management/temper control problems which he acknowledges himself.

“He is due to start an anger management programme about his temper control with a psychologist.

“The thrust of my argument today is to hope to avoid a period of imprisonment.”

Black received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay the member of staff £100 in compensation.

No order for costs was made.