Man shouted ‘get off my land’ in Portsmouth park attack

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A MAN who ordered people to ‘get off my land’ in a public park before attacking someone has been ordered to pay compensation.

Steven Taylor, of Aylward Street, Portsmouth, appeared in court charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and a charge of assault by beating.

The court heard that Taylor had been in Victoria Park, in Portsmouth, on October 3, when he started shouting at two men to ‘get off my land’ before hitting one of them.

Unemployed Taylor, aged 38, was also charged with another incident in the Park Tavern pub, in Edinburgh Road, Landport, on October 21.

Taylor had gone into the pub, which he had previously been barred from, and when the landlady challenged him, he replied ‘I will give you something to bar me for’ and smashed a glass on the bar.

For this he was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and possession of cannabis.

Taylor pleaded guilty to the four charges but said he didn’t mean to smash the glass.

Judge Anne Arnold gave him a community order of 12 months, with a supervision requirement. He must pay £25 compensation to the man he hit in the park, as well as £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.