Passer-by was assaulted by drunken man
A DRUNK man randomly assaulted an innocent passer-by as he tried to make a citizen's arrest in the false belief he had attacked him earlier that night.
Mark Gray, aged 34, grabbed hold of Bradley Baldwin and dragged him along the road, magistrates in Swansea heard.
Mr Baldwin was actually running for a bus and had not been involved in any earlier fracas.
Gray, of Gwynedd Avenue, Townhill, said he had been assaulted by three men as he had walked along High Street earlier on July 30.
When he later saw Mr Baldwin running from the train station, he thought he was one of the trio responsible.
Prosecutor Alison Bray told city magistrates Gray grabbed hold of Mr Baldwin's jacket so tightly that Mr Baldwin couldn't breathe.
"He had no idea why this was happening but when the complainant started shouting for help the defendant dragged him back into the station and forced him against the wall."
Police arrived and arrested Gray, who was already subject to a community order at the time after admitting drink-driving in February this year. Steve Burnell, representing Gray, said his client had been out drinking in the city centre since 3pm before he had realised he was drunk and made his way to the taxi rank by the train station.
"He had been calling the police because he believed he was one of the three men who assaulted him and kicked him to the floor.
"He thought he had made a citizen's arrest in relation to this but it was the wrong person," added Mr Burnell.
Gray admitted assault.
Probation Officer Fred Matthews told the court that Gray said he had not been out drinking since his previous community order and had not recognised the effect alcohol would have had on him.
"He was clearly very disappointed with his behaviour," said Mr Matthews.
City magistrates made him subject to a 12 month community order and told him he will have to complete a managing aggression course.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, compensation of £50 and a £60 victim surcharge.