A grandfather who launched attacks out of the blue on women he did not know has been ordered to spend Christmas in prison by a judge.
Terrence Morris shouted: “Merry Christmas, enjoy your sherry, now clear off,” after he was refused bail and remanded in custody by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Morris, a 54-year-old former miner, of Alburn Road, Wigan, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman and failing to answer bail.
He will be sentenced at a later date when a pre-sentence report with all options including consideration of a custodial sentence is prepared.
Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said the incident happened on November 12 when Morris launched an attack on a stranger in Blackpool.
He punched the woman in the face for no reason as she was getting into a taxi in the resort.
The prosecutor added that Morris had a recent previous conviction for attacking a lone woman he did not know. He also had convictions for wounding, assault causing actual bodily harm and a history of failing to attend court.
Jessica Partington, defending, told the judge Morris accepted his behaviour had been totally wrong.
Some years ago Morris had gone through an exceptionally messy divorce, losing his children at that time and his home and suffering a breakdown.