Friends are told to pay costs of damage play fight caused
TWO best friends from Wells who appeared in court together for having a fight in Yeovil town centre told magistrates that they had only been play fighting.
A CCTV operator alerted the police after seeing Nathan Ivan Sherfield kicking and punching a shop sign.
Marc Donovan was nearby and the pair then began throwing punches at each other and rolling around on the ground while shouting out "green army" in a drunken manner.
When they appeared in the dock together before Somerset magistrates at Yeovil they were both contrite about what happened but maintained it was not a malicious fight and they were still the best of friends.
Sherfield, 23, of Salt Box, Coxley, near Wells, and Donovan (also known as Richardson), 29, of Lethbridge Road, Wells, pleaded guilty to using towards each other threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate violence would be used against them on July 27.
Sherfield also admitted damaging an Iceland street sign belonging to their Yeovil branch on the same date.
Prosecutor Judy Morris said that at 10.30pm a CCTV operator alerted the police that Sherfield was kicking and punching a shop sign in Middle Street.
"Officers went to the scene and found that Sherfield had punched through the sign and was then throwing punches at Donovan," she said.
"Donovan then threw Sherfield to the ground and started throwing punches at him and they were both rolling around on the ground.
"Sherfield was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and Donovan was taken to a police vehicle and they were both drunk and shouting Green Army."
When they were interviewed Sherfield said that he had been out drinking and went to the pub but could not remember damaging the sign or fighting with anyone.
He told the court: "We are best mates and just went out and got too drunk and were play-fighting.
"However, we realise that doing this in the middle of the street was not acceptable."
Donovan backed up his remarks adding that the whole incident had been "ridiculous".
Both defendants were given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £785 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Sherfield was also ordered to pay £70 compensation for the damaged sign.