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Better’s boozy brawl with police after Cheltenham Festival win

Better’s boozy brawl with police after Cheltenham Festival win

A man got so drunk after blowing his winnings from the Cheltenham Festival that he ended up in a rammy with police.

Andrew Penman, 26, was fined £350 at Dundee Sheriff Court after getting aggressive with officers in the city.

The court heard that Penman, of Leven, had won betting on the horse racing event in March.

He then scooped a further £750 from a gambling machine and travelled to Dundee on March 16 to celebrate with girlfriend Chantelle Brett-Hope.

Fiscal depute John Adams said: “At 6.30pm police officers were called to Brown Street in Dundee to deal with an ongoing incident.

“They found Chantelle Brett-Hope lying on the ground and the accused sat next to her holding her head.

“He had blood on his hands and officers tried to intervene to check if she was bleeding.

“Brett-Hope became aggressive and the accused joined in and started shouting at police officers.”

The court heard Penman had a bite mark on his face and, as a result, Ms Brett-Hope was taken into custody.

The fiscal continued: “The accused got annoyed saying ‘you’re not taking her’ and shouted and swore at the officers.

“He threatened to punch them if they did not let her go.

“His aggressive behaviour continued until further police reinforcements arrived and he was taken into custody as well.”

An agent acting on behalf of Penman told the court both Penman and Brett-Hope had drunk a significant amount of alcohol that evening.

She said: “She had fallen over and he tried to assist and she remonstrated.

“He had a bite mark on his face when police arrived and she was thereafter prosecuted for assault.

“She was guilty of that charge and I understand she received a financial penalty of around £100.”

The court heard Penman had previous convictions, including one from the High Court. He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

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