Worksop: Man who suffers from mental health issues admits common assault

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A Worksop man who suffers from mental health issues has pleaded guilty to common assault.

David Potts, 25, of Cavendish Road, admitted the charge at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 18th June.

The court heard that a man by the name of Dale Fox, who was unknown to the defendant, was sat at his computer in his home on the night of 18th June when he heard a ‘loud bang’.

He went outside and he saw Potts punching his car and he asked him to stop.

Potts then threw a single punch which struck Mr Fox in the face which caused redness and bruising.

It was said that Potts had drank a bottle of vodka and injected MCAT and could not recall the incident.

In mitigation, Andrew Osbourne said that Potts had just suffered the loss of a close family member.

Potts also suffers from short-term memory loss and takes anti-psychotic medication.

“He is not a well young man,” Mr Osbourne said.

“It was committed out of character in circumstances of a family tragedy that led him to drink, it was a one off.”

“He has kept out of trouble for two years and is being supported by his family.”

The case was adjourned until 9th July for a probation report to be prepared and Potts was given unconditional bail.