Haverhill man admits assaulting couple on night out in town

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A Haverhill man has admitted carrying out three assaults on a couple who were on a night out in the town last month.

Kristopher Lammas, 30, of Balmoral Drive, assaulted Graham Mills and Charlotte Smith on September 19 when they were in the Rose and Crown Hotel, Bury Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

Mr Mills was walking back to his table when it was alleged Lammas slapped him, telling him “you’re lucky this time”.

Prosecutor Stephen Colman told the court the “matter developed further” when Lammas hit Mr Mills on the head from behind with enough force to push the chair over and send him to the floor.

When Miss Smith and Mr Mills left the Rose and Crown to get food along Queen Street, they could hear the voices of Lammas and another person, the court heard.

It was then Lammas assaulted Mr Mills again.

Mr Colman said that Mr Mills said: “The next thing I was aware of was being hit from behind, shoving me forwards, causing me to fall and having a panic attack.”

Miss Smith described Lammas pushing Mr Mills with both hands to the back, hearing a “massive thud” when he hit his head on a nearby parked car.

He suffered grazing to his arm, a lump on the head, a headache, and a tender right hip.

Mr Colman told the court Miss Smith was trying to help Mr Mills, pushing Lammas away, before he pushed her in the chest, causing her to stumble back and drop her bag.

CCTV footage showed an “apparently intoxicated” Lammas swinging his arms near members of the public.

Mr Colman said Mr Mills and Lammas had previously been friends.

Lammas told the court he had “no recollection at all” of the incident.

Lammas pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress. The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. Mr Lammas will return to Bury Magistrates’ Court on November 9.