Drunken South Yorkshire teenager admits pub brawl

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A DRUNKEN teenager head-butted a stranger he saw talking to his ex-girlfriend on the day he lost his job, a court heard.

Matthew Chapman attacked Luke Carline inside Yates in Chesterfield town centre, leaving his victim with a bleeding nose

When police arrived to deal with the incident, Chapman, aged 18, held out his arms to be handcuffed and admitted his involvement.

“He said ‘I’ve head-butted him. He was staring at me. What was I supposed to do?’,” Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told town magistrates.

“His behaviour on the street fluctuated from being calm to being highly agitated. He said he had recently lost his grandfather, his girlfriend and his job and he was feeling low.”

Ms Griffiths added: “He said at one stage he didn’t care that he had head-butted someone.”

During his police interview, Chapman said he had seen ‘red’ after spotting his ex-girlfriend talking to a man he didn’t know.

Chapman, of Lucas Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, accepted the attack was unprovoked and apologised.

He admitted assault and was sentenced to 70 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £50 in compensation to Mr Carline.

Chapman told the court: “It was uncalled for.

“I apologise for my actions. It won’t happen again. I got laid off that day.”