Father fined after pleading guilty to fighting in street

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A 26-YEAR-OLD father seen fighting in the street has been fined.

Mark Hedges of Butts Field, Hailsham, appeared before at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Monday morning (October 10) and pleaded guilty to causing harassment, alarm or distress on the early hours on August 21.

The court heard the offence took place in Terminus Road at around 1am.

Prosecutor Helen Constantinou said two people enjoying a night out were sitting in a pub when they saw a commotion out on the street.

They saw Hedges throwing punches in the street and they reported the incident to the police. They gave the officers their details and a description of Hedges as the man they saw fighting.

Ms Constantinou said, “One of the people said she had to turn her head and look away. She described it as a disgusting episode.”

Hedges was subsequently arrested by police.

He defended himself in court and told magistrates he was fighting with strangers because they had ‘cornered’ him.

He said, “I spoke to them because they were all fighting. I told them to chill out and one of them said they were going to knock me out and they came closer. I hit one of them because I was scared.”

He told the court he did not intend to cause the onlookers harassment, alarm or distress and was trying to ‘stick up for himself’.

He added, “I haven’t been in trouble since I was a teenager. I have got two children and I would rather keep away from that but sometimes you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The self-employed delivery driver was fined £100 and ordered to pay and £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.