Attack after ‘racial comments’

East Riding Magistrates' Court
East Riding Magistrates' Court

A Bridlington fisherman attacked two men on a night out after they made racial slurs towards him, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Adam Deering, 22, who is of mixed race, was provoked into the attack after the men made comments at Queen’s Square, Bridlington, in the early hours of Sunday 1 March.

Defending, Mike Farr said it was the second time in the night that Deering had been approached by one of the men, who he punched twice causing him to fall the floor before the other man became involved and made “similar unpleasant comments to him”.

Mr Farr said Deering had grown up in Bridlington and that he put up with racial comments and abuse “from time to time”.

He added: “He can see the difference between when someone is being nasty and aggressive.”

Prosecuting, Andrew Vaughan said one of the men suffered bruising to his face as well as two broken teeth. The other had injuries to his elbow and jaw and had to be taken to Scarborough Hospital before being transferred to York Hospital.

Pleading guilty to two counts of assault by beating, he was ordered to pay £150 in compensation to one of the men, and £75 compensation to the other.

He was also fined £66 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.