Man bites security guard after 20-pint Stella binge at Hull train station
A man who had drunk 20 pints of Stella bit a security guard in the leg after clashing with a bus driver at Paragon Interchange. Anthony Anderson, 43, told police he downed the lager "because he'd had some bad family news". He claimed he was standing up for a friend on the bus who was being "picked on", but his confrontation with the driver led him being spoken to by security guards at the station, Hull Magistrates' Court heard.Hull Paragon Interchange
Prosecutor Colette Dixon said Anderson became aggressive and "squared up to the complainant", who was joined by a colleague in trying to eject him.
But the situation "escalated" and the pair ended up "wrestling" on the ground, where Anderson bit him on the leg and punched him in the face.
The victim managed to radio British Transport Police, who came and arrested Anderson. The guard suffered a bruised and swollen lip, and red marks and bruises on his leg where he had been bitten, Mrs Dixon said - to which Anderson sat shaking his head at the back of court. Anderson, of Rothesay Avenue, west Hull, was searched and found in possession of a small amount of herbal cannabis, which was accepted was for his personal use.Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to play Tap to playThe video will start in 8Cancel
In police interview on May 21 last year, the day after the incident, Anderson - "to his credit" - said he had been drinking all day with a friend.
Mrs Dixon said: "He said he'd drunk 20 pints of Stella because he'd had some bad family news, and that was why he was drinking. He did accept there was an altercation on the bus with another male." Asked about the shouting and swearing when he got off the bus, Anderson said he felt "intimidated" by the security guards, and said they had sworn at him, which he "didn't think was reasonable, and that made him angry".
Anderson said he had tried to bite the security guard because he was "frightened", and also claimed he had been punched in the face and stomach while on the ground.Anthony Anderson
He admitted assault by beating and possessing cannabis. Robin Smith, for Anderson, said: "I accept this was an unpleasant incident and one where the security officer was injured. "He apologises for his behaviour on that particular evening.
He was heavily in drink.
He was trying to assist a friend of his who was being picked on on the bus; he let his temper get the better of him."
Anderson received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work, and pay GBP100 compensation, as well as GBP85 costs and a GBP105 surcharge.
The money will be deducted from his benefits at GBP10 a fortnight.