From boxing event to takeaway assault

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A REFRIGERATION engineer has been ordered to pay £750 compensation to a man he attacked in a Spalding kebab shop.

Stuart Wallace (27), of Balmoral Avenue, admitted assaulting Darren Smith in Toppings, Westlode Street, after hosting potential clients at a boxing event in the town in February.

Spalding magistrates heard how Wallace had gone into the takeaway and, seemingly without reason, elbowed Mr Smith in the face, causing his nose “to explode with blood” and knocking him to the floor unconcious.

At the hearing on Thursday, prosecutor John Clare told the court how Mr Smith described coming to in so much pain he couldn’t get to his feet.

He went to hospital where he was treated for cuts to his nose

He described how Wallace and a friend had entered the shop at about 1.30am and said he asked one of two blonde girls inside what they were looking at.

Mr Smith’s statement said: “I was shocked as it seemed aggressive.

“He then came over to the counter and without any provocation he elbowed me in the face.”

The blonde girls and Mr Smith’s friend all gave slightly different accounts of the attack, with one saying he elbowed him in the face and another saying he punched him repeatedly.

Ruth Harrop, defending, said Wallace had come into Spalding town centre and he had about six drinks in a short period of time after the boxing event at Springfields, where he had arranged some corporate hospitality for clients.

Wallace, dressed in formal evening attire, went into the kebab shop with his brother and girlfriend and became angry when the two blonde girls started making “catty” comments.

She said: “He challenged them about these remarks regarding his girlfriend and Mr Smith intervened.

“My client reacted and accepts he over-reacted by assaulting him.

“My client accepts there was a blow to the face that knocked the complainant to the floor but he does not know if he was knocked out.”

Magistrates considered a Probation Service report before deciding Wallace’s sentence and as well as the compensation, fined him £835 and ordered him to pay £85 costs.