Defendant’s dressing down over shorts

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A teenage defendant who punched a man and made race-hate remarks was told off for wearing shorts for his court appearance.

James Armstrong was told by Clifford Boynton, presiding magistrate at Blackpool: “Shorts in a court of law are not becoming – don’t do it again.”

Armstrong, 18, of Carshalton Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to assault and racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and warned he may be jailed by Blackpool magistrates. Jackie Garratt, prosecuting, said on March 25 a man and his friend had been to Flamingo bar and were walking along Queen Street when Armstrong came up, shouted an insult and, without warning, punched the man three to four times in the face, before running off.

Once in custody, Armstrong struggled with police and made race-hate remarks to an Asian custody detention officer.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had been out with a friend and drunk numerous drinks. His phone had been stolen and he mistakenly believed the man he punched had been involved.