Woman was knocked unconscious

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A Douglas man has been put on probation for 12 months for his part in a scuffle which knocked a woman unconscious.

Josh Arthur Corlett, of High View Road, pleaded guilty in court to a charge of behaviour likely to cause belief that immediate unlawful violence would be used.

The court had heard how Corlett had become annoyed when he thought a group of friends was making fun of him.

He was out with the group but started to walk away when he thought they had been laughing at him.

The group went after him to talk to him but a scuffle broke out.

When police arrived Corlett struggled with them and as he was flailing about, his arm caught a woman friend, who was also in the group, knocking her unconscious.

Defending the 26-year-old in court advocate Roger Kane said: ’It is not disputed the woman was knocked unconscious but my client had no recollection of it.

’He entered his guilty plea very very quickly, it’s clear he was very remorseful for his actions. He couldn’t believe the position he found himself in.’

Mr Kane entered a basis of plea for his client in which Corlett said that he had been trying to walk away from the situation.

He said that he had not punched anyone but had pushed some of the group.

Corlett said that he had not deliberately struck the woman but accepted that his arms were flailing about as he struggled with police and that she had subsequently been knocked unconscious.

Mr Kane continued, saying: ’He was out with a group of friends. Words were exchanged and he felt he was being laughed at. He felt hurt, especially by the woman, who was a friend. He got quite angry and his emotions have taken over.

’He does have anger issues, he recognises this. He has struggled to control this and has previously sought help and has been referred for anger management. He had recently switched medication and believes this may have had an impact on his thinking.

’He believes his over-reaction was because of paranoia. He was drinking but wasn’t drunk. We don’t know if this would have happened if he hadn’t been drinking. It wasn’t an alcohol-fuelled anger outburst.

’Fortunately he is now much more stable on the medication he has been prescribed.

’He started to walk away, his friends went after him, matters escalated, the police turned up and the woman was the indirect victim of his actions.

’He has lost his job, he would say, as a result of the ongoing impact of this case and his mental health. He is really struggling at the moment and wants to get back in employment.

’I would submit at a probation order is the most appropriate course of action.’

The advocate also said that his client had been put in touch with Cruse Bereavement as he still had grief issues after losing his sister in December 2015 and his Grandmother.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said: ’I have noted you displayed empathy and remorse and were extremely apologetic.

’Nonetheless, this is a serious offence, you used and threatened violence.

’Police officers dealing with late night incidents have a very difficult job. This could easily have escalated.

’But I am persuaded that the most appropriate way is a probation order.’

Corlett was also ordered to pay £125 prosecution costs which will be deducted from his benefits.