Man ‘went berserk’ at party

extinguisher - putting out fire
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A man was described as going berserk after drinking one litre of vodka plus one-and-a-half bottles of wine at a party.

Dominic Masterson sprayed a fire extinguisher into the faces of a 70-year-old man and a woman who lived in the apartment block where the party was being held.

Witnesses said he struggled like a caged animal as tenants tried to wrestle the extinguisher from him, before police arrived to find him rolling around the floor screaming incoherently.

Masterson, 21, of Marton Drive, Marton, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault and one offence of causing damage.

He was sentenced to four weeks jail suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision with a 60-day alcohol rehabilitation course and ordered to pay £75 compensation to each victim by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received complaints about noise from a party at Acorn Apartments, Chatsworth Avenue, Bispham on March 5.

At 1.15am the fire alarms at the block of flats went off and tenants started coming out of their apartments to see what was going on.

Masterson was described by witnesses as going “berserk”’ waving a fire extinguisher about, saying: “I’m in space.”

A 70-year-old man tried to get Masterson to put the extinguisher down, but the defendant set it off spraying it in the faces of the pensioner and a woman stood nearby.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said Masterson believed his drinks had been spiked.

However, Masterson said he had drunk one-and-a-half bottles of wine and one litre of vodka.

The defence added that Masterson was a young man who appeared lost.