Groom-to-be hit on stag do


A bridegroom-to-be was assaulted on his stag night by a guest, a court heard.

Kevin McGuire was punched by Adam Baxter outside the Railway Pub in Knottingley after an argument about money.

Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr McGuire was on his stag night in the Knottingley area on April 12.

Prosecutor Marie Austin-Walsh told how there had been a long running issue between the groom-to-be and Baxter over money and it had raised its head again during the do.

A security guard overheard Baxter, of Marsh End, Knottingley, demanding money outside the pub on Pontefract Road. He warned Baxter to go back inside but as the guard was turning away he saw Baxter punch Mr McGuire to the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

The barrister said it’s believed Mr McGuire may have been knocked out by the blow. The victim was placed in the recovery position by friends.

Baxter, 26, admitted assault on the eve of his trial last Friday.

Magistrates heard he had also previously pleaded guilty to exposing himself to a barmaid at a Pontefract pub.

The court heard how Baxter wanted to watch the football in the pub on March 16 but the barmaid said no.

Mrs Austin-Walsh said Baxter called the barmaid names.

He also twice dropped his trousers around his ankles and exposed himself to the barmaid, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Unrepresented, Baxter told the court that he had been going through a “rough month” after losing a member of his family and splitting with his girlfriend.

He said: “I was in the wrong for hitting Mr McGuire. I would have apologised before now.

“If he was here today I would like to offer my hand and shake his hand and apologise.

“But due to the bail conditions I’ve not been allowed to speak to him or contact him. I would like to say sorry to the court for my actions. I’m really sorry, I don’t know what I was doing.”

He told how he had been going down the wrong path but friends had helped him get back on the right track.

Magistrates adjourned the case until July 7 for a pre-sentence report. He was bailed with conditions not to contact Mr McGuire and other people.