Market Rasen pair injured after iron bar street fight

Police had to be called to a street fight in Market Rasen after a man was seen brandishing an iron bar, Lincoln Crown Court has heard.

The court was told how Heath Murdoch, 44, of Waverley Court, Market Rasen, and Ashley Sanders, 22, of Waterloo Street, Market Rasen were both involved in violence in the centre of the town on July 7 last year.

Police had to be called to the Waverley Court area of Market Rasen after Murdoch was seen brandishing an iron bar, the court heard.

A witness reported seeing Murdoch then being attacked by Sanders.

Prosecuting Lisa Hardy told Lincoln Crown Court: “The witness saw Sanders run towards Heath Murdoch.

“The men started fighting and there were punches thrown.”

The court heard that when officers arrived in the area Sanders became aggressive when attempts were made to arrest him.

Miss Hardy said: “He was abusive.

“He appeared to be quite wound up and tense.

“The officers formed the view that he was drunk.

“It took three officers to arrest Sanders.

“When he was finally put into the police van he was very violent.

“He was behaving in an unpredictable way.

“His parents were called to the scene.”

Miss Hardy added: “His father was telling the police officers to take his son away because of his behaviour.

Murdoch suffered two black eyes together with cuts and grazes.

And Sanders had cuts to his hands.

Sanders and Murdoch both pleaded guilty to affray on July 7.

The court heard how Sanders also admitted a charge of obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

And Sanders pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of cannabis that was found on him by police following his arrest.

Murdoch was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Sanders was fined £300 with a £15 victim surcharge.

Defending Jonathon Dee, for Murdoch, said he had earlier been on the receiving end of a beating at the hands of another man who was not before the court.

Mr Dee told the court Murdoch had the iron bar to defend himself.

Defending Gareth Weetman, for Sanders, said he reacted after seeing Murdoch with the iron bar.