"'My client is on anti-depressants'."
"Warning 40-year-old Belcher that 'anti-depressants and alcohol do not mix,' magistrates imposed a weekend curfew order for six months and ordered the defendant to pay £35 towards prosecution costs."
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Street brawl clubber in court
Friday, August 28, 2009, 07:03
AN UGLY street brawl in the early hours of the morning in Stroud was captured on CCTV.
Two men were filmed rolling about on the ground outside a Stroud nightclub at 2.30am while a distraught woman tried to break them up.
The CCTV footage was shown to city magistrates this week.
Adam Belcher, of Bisley Old Road, Slad, pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared at the court on Wednesday.
The incident occurred outside 13 nightclub in Nelson Street on July 25.
Prosecuting solicitor Sharon Jomaa said: "The defendant can be clearly seen assaulting an unknown male, while his partner is trying to intervene.
"Both men start to grapple and fall to the ground fighting until the police arrive and the defendant is arrested."
Defending solicitor Matthew Harbison said: "This a prosecution for assault without a complainant as the other man has refused to complain.
"There was a disturbance earlier that night inside the club and it spilled outside.
"The victim was hostile to my client inside the nightclub, but he knows that he should have walked away.
"My client is on anti-depressants."
Warning 40-year-old Belcher that "anti-depressants and alcohol do not mix," magistrates imposed a weekend curfew order for six months and ordered the defendant to pay £35 towards prosecution costs.