Victim describes attacker as like 'wild animal'

PUBLISHED: 10:48 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:51 15 June 2010

A SEATON man was ordered to pay compensation after he acted like a wild animal" and pushed a local woman to the ground.

A SEATON man was ordered to pay compensation after he acted like a "wild animal" and pushed a local woman to the ground.A court ruled Moses John Keeling, 46, of Harbour Road, pay £100 to Stella Hayes after the attack outside The Famous Old George, in The Square, on November 30 last year, in which she cut her head.Central Devon Magistrates' Court also ordered Keeling, who pleaded guilty to common assault, to pay a £50 fine and a £15 victim surcharge.Ms Hayes described Keeling's actions to police: "He was out of control, like a wild animal."Prosecuting, Ed Cannings said Keeling had also grabbed pub licensee Eric Boot by the scruff of the neck. Mr Boot told officers he saw Keeling knock Ms Hayes to the ground, leaving her on the floor, clutching her head. Ms Hayes injuries included bruising, grazes to her hand and a sore shoulder. Despite previous confusion, the court heard Keeling did not assault the victim's friend, Rita Fancy. Caroline Salvatore, in mitigation, said Ms Hayes had said something which Keeling, who had been drinking, found to be extremely insulting. She added that the group had been acquaintances and Fancy, who lives in a flat below Keeling, had a brief relationship, of four days, with him. She said: "He pushed Stella Hayes just once, but unfortunately with sufficient force." Ms Salvatore said that there had been no further allegations and a friendly relationship had been resumed between Keeling and Ms Hayes. PC Morris said that both Fancy and Hayes had been very drunk at the time of the incident.There was no order for costs

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