‘Hardest man in Pickering’ in court for punch

Adam Cousins aka 'The hardest man in Pickering' leaving court
Adam Cousins aka 'The hardest man in Pickering' leaving court

A drunk who claims to be the hardest man in Pickering was arrested for punching a pub.

Boastful Adam Cousins claimed to stunned onlookers that he was the toughest guy in town, even throwing his bike off a wall to try and prove his super-strength.

And in scenes reminiscent of The Incredible Hulk, he then ripped off shirt and ran into the night.

However, unlike the Hulk, Cousins’ rampage wasn’t sparked by anger – instead it was fuelled by a cocktail dubbed ‘turbo shandy’.

“He thought that by the name it was a largely lemonade based-drink, but it would appear that the turbo element of the drink was vodka,” claimed his solicitor Shaun Greenam at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Cousins, of Prospect Place, appeared in court on Thursday to plead guilty to two charges relating to the January 9 incident outside Pickering’s Bar Four.

The court heard the venue’s bar manager was enjoying a cigarette outside when she spotted the 32-year-old pedalling along Market Place.

He suddenly began to shout and scream at both her and the bar’s patrons, claiming “I’m the hardest man in Pickering” and “don’t mess with me”.

“She said she was scared and frightened for herself and others present,” said the prosecutor about the bar manager.

Cousins then took his shirt off before throwing a punch at the pub’s wall, damaging a sign, then throwing his cycle.

He left the scene but police found him hours later where he protested his innocence, claiming “I have done nothing wrong” before he was arrested.

In interview he admitted to enjoying a few drinks at home before deciding to pedal into town.

He claimed he couldn’t remember the events, but when told of his antics he claimed it couldn’t be him as it was “not his style”.

The self-employed forestry worker later claimed it was a “stitch up” but in court he admitted his role.

“Mr Cousins apologised for his behaviour and it is obvious that alcohol played a part,” said Mr Greenham, mitigating.

And addressing his claim that he was Pickering’s hardest man, he added: “He apologised for the bravado and is ashamed of what happened.”

Cousins, whose previous convictions include criminal damage and battery, breached his community order by committing the offence.

The probation service told the court he had made progress on the order prior to the breach.

Resentencing him the bench told him: “You were working in the right direction and you were working down the hours.”

He was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and to pay £100 compensation.