Orford man drank Stella before punching woman at Tesco checkout

Orford man drank Stella before punching woman at Tesco checkout

Orford man drank Stella before punching woman at Tesco checkout

First published in News

AN Orford man punched a woman to the floor after drinking Stella Artois following a row in the self service check out of Tesco Extra.

Mark Edward Bate, aged 24, of Watkin Street, shouted ‘don’t you know who I am’ during the incident at 6.30pm on March 23.

Halton Magistrates Court heard on Thursday how Bate argued with victim Lee Potts in the check out area after drinking five cans and four pints of lager.

Alison Warburton, prosecuting, said he aimed at punch at him but instead hit Nicola Miller.

“Ms Miller was standing in the way,” said Mrs Warburton, who described the defendant as being ‘under the influence of substance or drink’.

“She was caught and knocked to the floor, causing her to hurt her hands, arms and back.”

The court heard Bate had grabbed a gold chain around Mr Potts’ neck during the initial row.

After the defendant clenched his fists a number of staff at the store in Warrington intervened.

Bate was being restrained by security when he lashed out at Mr Potts and struck Ms Miller.

After being arrested he told police he had been drinking and admitted acting in an aggressive manner, the court heard.

Bate said he intended to hit Mr Potts and not the female victim.

The defendant has no previous convictions, but a caution for criminal damage handed out in 2013.

District Judge Bridget Knight called for reports to be carried out before sentence is decided.

She said: “This was two members of the public and it is very frightening for the victim and anyone else likely to be using the Tesco shop that day.

“The court is considering all sentencing options in this case.

“You must co-operate with probation and the pre-sentence report, so the court knows all about you before reaching a decision.”

Pre-sentence reports are used by courts to assess the best way to punish a defendant.

Generally, they can assess any drink or drug issues, previous convictions, the risk of future offending and capacity to do unpaid work.

Bate will be sentenced on May 6.

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6:50am Thu 17 Apr 14

SickAndTired2 says...

Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town.
Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town. SickAndTired2
  • Score: 12

6:56am Thu 17 Apr 14

Avoidthemainstream says...

That's why Stella Artois is pronounced stella act-a-****
That's why Stella Artois is pronounced stella act-a-**** Avoidthemainstream
  • Score: 10

6:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

Avoidthemainstream says...

The **** is tw@
The **** is tw@ Avoidthemainstream
  • Score: 9

11:06am Thu 17 Apr 14

happytee39 says...

What a despicable, pathetic man!!!
What a despicable, pathetic man!!! happytee39
  • Score: 14

11:47am Thu 17 Apr 14

opinionater95 says...

Shows how much newspaper can change a story. I saw this incident as I was in the store as it happened, just one persons view is put across and how the newspaper has stated that headline as if he intended to hit the women then when you read into the paper it wasn't like that at all. Only showing one side to a story it's not stating the injuries to the young man as I saw him bleeding from the head. Judgemental and one sided
Shows how much newspaper can change a story. I saw this incident as I was in the store as it happened, just one persons view is put across and how the newspaper has stated that headline as if he intended to hit the women then when you read into the paper it wasn't like that at all. Only showing one side to a story it's not stating the injuries to the young man as I saw him bleeding from the head. Judgemental and one sided opinionater95
  • Score: -5

12:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Geordie1970 says...

A lot of these stories are set in Orford. I feel sorry for all the good people who have to live there.
A lot of these stories are set in Orford. I feel sorry for all the good people who have to live there. Geordie1970
  • Score: 9

1:14pm Thu 17 Apr 14

happytee39 says...

Theres no right time, or place to be violent, especially in a supermarket where there are families with children, if my 6 year old was to have witnessed that, she would have been very upset, theres no excuse for it whatsoever, just because he didnt intend to hit the lady, it doesn't make it right.
Theres no right time, or place to be violent, especially in a supermarket where there are families with children, if my 6 year old was to have witnessed that, she would have been very upset, theres no excuse for it whatsoever, just because he didnt intend to hit the lady, it doesn't make it right. happytee39
  • Score: 11

4:11pm Thu 17 Apr 14

seed1999 says...

Them 6 words all drunken wanna be hard men utter "don't you know who I am" priceless. ... what a complete scumbag. Hope they lock him up but one things for sure, they won't..
Them 6 words all drunken wanna be hard men utter "don't you know who I am" priceless. ... what a complete scumbag. Hope they lock him up but one things for sure, they won't.. seed1999
  • Score: 7

10:42am Fri 18 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

seed1999 wrote:
Them 6 words all drunken wanna be hard men utter "don't you know who I am" priceless. ... what a complete scumbag. Hope they lock him up but one things for sure, they won't..
Perhaps he couldn't remember who he was.

;-)
[quote][p][bold]seed1999[/bold] wrote: Them 6 words all drunken wanna be hard men utter "don't you know who I am" priceless. ... what a complete scumbag. Hope they lock him up but one things for sure, they won't..[/p][/quote]Perhaps he couldn't remember who he was. ;-) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 12

11:01am Sat 19 Apr 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

SickAndTired2 wrote:
Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town.
This town may not be perfect, like all other towns we have a few boneheads living here. But sick and tired that's a bit strong. Hope this goon gets sent down .
[quote][p][bold]SickAndTired2[/bold] wrote: Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town.[/p][/quote]This town may not be perfect, like all other towns we have a few boneheads living here. But sick and tired that's a bit strong. Hope this goon gets sent down . Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: 6

11:44pm Sat 19 Apr 14

BagOfCreamCheese says...

Why do people say Warrington is good when it is quite clearly bad

is it pride in warrington wolves or something

have you never left warrington or something

you know you can walk 10 miles in any direction away from warrington and make eye contact with human males and they dont even think you are gay or want to fight them, try it lads
Why do people say Warrington is good when it is quite clearly bad is it pride in warrington wolves or something have you never left warrington or something you know you can walk 10 miles in any direction away from warrington and make eye contact with human males and they dont even think you are gay or want to fight them, try it lads BagOfCreamCheese
  • Score: -3

4:06pm Mon 21 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

Daz@SankeyviaOrford wrote:
SickAndTired2 wrote:
Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town.
This town may not be perfect, like all other towns we have a few boneheads living here. But sick and tired that's a bit strong. Hope this goon gets sent down .
Daz,
He will not get sent down,his solicitor will have a sob story of how he is depressed or something like that,at the best,community service.
[quote][p][bold]Daz@SankeyviaOrford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SickAndTired2[/bold] wrote: Once again that most popular of dangerous drugs alcohol is seen as the cause/excuse of yet another act of mindless violence by a mindless moron in this god forsaken hole of a town.[/p][/quote]This town may not be perfect, like all other towns we have a few boneheads living here. But sick and tired that's a bit strong. Hope this goon gets sent down .[/p][/quote]Daz, He will not get sent down,his solicitor will have a sob story of how he is depressed or something like that,at the best,community service. MrBenggo
  • Score: 0

12:27pm Tue 22 Apr 14

chumhill says...

BagOfCreamCheese wrote:
Why do people say Warrington is good when it is quite clearly bad

is it pride in warrington wolves or something

have you never left warrington or something

you know you can walk 10 miles in any direction away from warrington and make eye contact with human males and they dont even think you are gay or want to fight them, try it lads
BagOfCreamCheese what a complete tool you are.
[quote][p][bold]BagOfCreamCheese[/bold] wrote: Why do people say Warrington is good when it is quite clearly bad is it pride in warrington wolves or something have you never left warrington or something you know you can walk 10 miles in any direction away from warrington and make eye contact with human males and they dont even think you are gay or want to fight them, try it lads[/p][/quote]BagOfCreamCheese what a complete tool you are. chumhill
  • Score: -1

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