Third offence of violence in one year

MAGISTRATES ordered pre-sentence reports on a Buxton man convicted of his third violent offence in 12 months.

Daniel Christopher Marfleet admitted assaulting a complete stranger, a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told High Peak magistrates on Monday that the victim was walking along Spring Gardens just before midnight on June 1 with his girlfriend when they met two other friends.

He said his friends made some comment about Marfleet who had been talking to himself. Marfleet heard and started to “mouth off” at the group.

Ms Griffiths said Marfleet then head-butted the teenager on the nose.

In an altercation that followed Marfleet was himself injured and was taken to hospital.

When interviewed by police, Marfleet accepted he had behaved badly and showed remorse for his actions.

“He told police his behaviour was because of excessive alcohol consumption and before the incident he had spent £40 on beer,” said Ms Griffiths.

John Bunting, defending, said Marfleet had obtained work and was seeking help to address anger management and alcohol issues.

The court was told he was responding well to a community order he was currently serving with the majority of the unpaid work completed.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 4. Marfleet was given unconditional bail.