COURT: ‘Angry’ man jailed for takeaway teen punch

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A New Mills man has been jailed for assaulting a teenager he had never met before, during an altercation outside a takeaway in the town.

Roman Golder, 33, was just six days away from the end of a 12-month suspended sentence imposed for two domestic assaults, when he punched his victim on September 4, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been in the takeaway with friends, buying food, at about 10pm when Golder, who they believed to be drunk, started saying things to them.

The friends went outside as their food wasn’t ready and when they went back inside the takeaway Golder started saying things to them again which they took to be a threat, as he had also clenched his fist.

As the complainant was stood in the doorway, Golder grabbed hold of his jacket and punched him in the face, Mr Cooper said.

The court heard that Golder, originally from Poland, had been given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, in September last year for the earlier assaults.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said the suspended sentence order was nearly at an end and that it would not be in the interest of justice to activate it.

“He accepts he behaved outside the law,” she told magistrates.

“It is one punch. He accepts he was intoxicated at the time and he was angry.

“He will say that he was being verbally abused by those in the takeaway and that is why he responded the way he did. He accepts it was not self-defence.”

Golder, of Park Road, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and also admitted being in breach of the suspended sentence.

He was given a 12-week prison sentence, eight weeks for assaulting the teenager, and four weeks of the suspended sentence.

He must also pay costs and a surcharge totalling £315, and £50 compensation to his victim.