Man ordered to pay compensation after shouting and pushing guard at Council House

Nottingham Magistrates Court © westbridgfordwire.com

An angry man must pay £100 compensation to a Council House security guard after shouting: “Labour fascists, they are going to kill you. I am Conservative.”

Grant Smith’s outburst came when he demanded to see a councillor, saying that he planned “a one-man protest,” Nottingham magistrates heard.

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He was told there were no councillors on the premises and was asked to leave, said Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting.

“He was shouting out ‘Labour fascists, they are going to kill you. I am Conservative.’ There were other remarks about the Labour Party,” said Mr Pietryka.

Smith, 46, began to push the security man who was trying to coax him out of the Council House during the incident on December 10.

“He smelt alcohol on his breath and a member of the public came to intervene. There was a family in the reception area and police were called.

“When interviewed, he said that he had no recollection of going to the Council House or the ensuing issues,” added Mr Pietryka.

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As well as the compensation, a £50 fine was imposed on Smith of Murray Close, Bestwood, who must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a government surcharge of £85. He admitted threatening behaviour and assault by beating.

Ian Boddy, mitigating, said: “He is remorseful and apologetic to everyone.”

He said that Smith has an alcohol problem but is tackling that. While most people look forward to Christmas, it brought back memories of his father who died at this time of the year.

At the time of the offence, he had managed 27 days without a drink but then lapsed. He has again begun to tackle the problem.

Mr Boddy added: “He is very wise and intelligent in that he understands the effects of alcoholism.”

Magistrates ordered him to have six months of alcohol treatment supervised by probation officers. He must also have 20 sessions dealing with other problems.

Presiding JP Clive Russell told Smith: “Hopefully this will be the last time we see you in court.”

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Smith replied: “I want this to be a turning point in my life.”