Man shadow boxing in middle of Buckley street

Published date: 29 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN was seen shadow boxing in the middle of a Buckley street late at night.

James Garner, 24, was wearing leather boxing training gloves and vehicles had to avoid him.

Some drivers turned around to avoid him and an ambulance was delayed because he stood in front of it.

A CCTV film showing Garner staggering around, kicking out and shadow boxing in Brunswick Road was played at Flintshire Magistrates Court.

He was shouting towards members of the public and became aggressive towards one man and adopted a fighting stance before assaulting him.

Garner, from Dewsbury, had been staying with his mother in Buckley over Christmas and the New Year. He admitted a public order offence and failing to answer his bail.

He was fined £100, ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim, Thomas Ames and to pay £105 costs.

Magistrates imposed a £50 fine for failing to turn up in court previously but said that would be “deemed served” by the three days he had since spent in custody.

Robert Blakemore, prosecuting, said the bizarre behaviour occurred outside The Tivoli at about 3.10am on New Year’s Day.

CCTV operators alerted police that there was a man in the street acting in a bizarre way and trying to stop vehicles.

Officers arrived and found that he had assaulted one man and he adopted a fighting stance when the police approached.

He was heavily intoxicated and had to be taken to the ground and was handcuffed.

Mr Ames was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured nose but did not wish to make a formal complaint.

Phillip Marshall-Thomas, defending, said Garner went out alone on New Year’s Eve and drank far too much.

Garner was a man who rarely drank.

“Unfortunately, he drank more than he could take and you have seen the results,” Mr Marshall-Thomas explained.

He did not wish to make excuses but Garner suffered from schizophrenia and a personality disorder for which he was receiving treatment.

Garner had various difficulties which preyed on his mind and the alcohol had put those matters to the back of his mind for one night.

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