Man admits assault at New Year’s Eve party

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A SCARBOROUGH man has appeared in court facing an assault charge after throwing lager and a bucket of water over a woman at a New Year’s Eve party.

James William Bedford, 34, of Rowan Close, admitted the assault at Colescliffe Road in the early hours of January 1.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard how the defendant had gone to a party at a neighbouring property and went next door to say “Happy New Year”.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said that the victim, who was known to Bedford, told him she didn’t like him and went upstairs.

He said: “He went back next door but started to throw stones at the rear window of the house where she was.”

Mr Butterworth added that when she went out into the garden words were exchanged and he threw a can of lager over her, followed by a mop bucket of water.

He said: “She was drenched and the bucket hit her upper body, causing her alarm and distress.”

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said that with it being New Year, a lot of “imbibing of alcohol” had been going on.

He added that the victim’s attitude had “wound up” the defendant and that he now realises he should have stayed cool.

Mr Garvey said: “He bitterly regrets it and knows he shouldn’t have done it. Thankfully, no injury was caused.”

He added that drink had played its part in Bedford’s past offences and that he was keen to get help.

The case was adjourned until February 3 to allow the probation service time to prepare reports.

Bedford was released on conditional bail.