Man from Gedney given 100 hours' unpaid work order after attacking friend in village
A Gedney man assaulted a neighbour after getting angry about an alleged sex offender living nearby, magistrates have heard.
Carl Lee Elston (43), of Albert Avenue, went to headbutt another man and connected with his mouth and nose.
During a hearing at Boston Magistrates Court today (Wednesday), prosecutor Paul Wood gave evidence of how Elston and the victim had earlier been “bosom buddies” as they enjoyed a bonfire at the house in Main Road, Gedney.
Mr Wood said: "The defendant appeared to be drunk and he wanted to complain about a man who lived nearby who he claimed was a sex offender.
"The man he was with told him to not to worry as the police knew all about it."
Mr Wood told magistrates that Elston then accused his friend of "protecting a paedophile".
But it was a while later, after the complainant had left the property and then returned, that the assault happened.
Elston had become more aggressive and told the victim’s mother:"I’m going to destroy your son."
The victim and his brother managed to restrain Elston until police arrived.
Elston pleaded guilty to assault and possession of a small quantity of cannabis, with both offences dating back to April 30 this year.
The court heard that Elston had received a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work last month for assaulting the victim’s brother and three police officers in July.
Beris Brickles, in mitigation, said Elston and his victim were "bosom buddies" until the point that it turned sour.
Mr Brickles added that his client was receiving alcohol treatment as part of his community order and that everyone was getting along again now.
As well as the community order, Elston was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the person he headbutted, along with £85 costs.
Magistrates also made an order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs
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