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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Overindulging in alcohol during a drinking game led to a man punching, biting and kicking three friends and two police officers, a court heard.
Daniel Baker, of Priory Road, Felixstowe, admitted five assaults when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates.
The 26-year-old hairdresser was said to be ashamed and remorseful after becoming drunk and losing self-control.
Baker must now pay a total of £500 in compensation to his friends and the officers, as well as undertake 150 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
Prosecutor Colette Griffiths said Baker went to his friend Abby Davison’s home in Cornwall Road, Felixstowe, after having some drinks on the way with friends.
While at the property Baker became very drunk while playing drinking games with Miss Davison, Oscar Charlton, and Felix Uff.
The court was told Baker was taken to bed to sleep while the others continued.
Subsequently Baker fell through the roof of the conservatory and on to the floor.
He got up and walked to the toilet.
Mrs Griffiths said his friends were telling him to go home, but they could not get anyone to take him as he was so drunk.
When they suggested Baker go back to bed to sleep it off he became aggressive.
He punched Mr Charlton, then grabbed him by the hair.
A scuffle ensued in which Mr Uff managed to get him to the ground, but Baker bit him on his left arm.
Eventually they managed to get him out of the house as he was kicking and punching, making contact with Mr Uff and Miss Davison.
After two police officers arrived and began to caution Baker a struggle began.
Baker kicked the male officer in the face and grabbed his genital area several times. He also punched the female Pc to the right-hand side of her face.
Dino Barricella, representing Baker, said his client had no recollection of the incident, which occurred over the night of October 3 and 4.
However, Baker did not challenge the prosecution’s version of events.
Mr Barricella said: “In the cold light of day he’s truly sorry for what he’s done.
“These are his friends. He was shocked as to how he acted that night. He’s ashamed of what he has done.
“This was a young man who took part in drinking games and drank far too much and he’s now repenting at leisure.”
The court heard Baker hopes to reconcile with his friends.
He was ordered to pay each of his victims £100 compensation.