Man fined £350 after he punched customer who was waving toy gun in KFC restaurant in Northampton

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A man has been fined £350 after he punched a man who waved a toy gun in his wife’s face in a KFC restaurant in Northampton.

Northampton Crown Court heard Ryan Simons, aged 32, got into an argument with another man in the fast food restaurant in Abington Street in the early hours of the morning.

The court heard that Simons had been on a night out to celebrate his wife’s 30th birthday and were getting some food on December 15, 2013.

Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said: “The complainant was waving a toy gun around in the KFC restaurant.

“The two men can then be seen on CCTV going out of the restaurant and were involved in an altercation.”

The court heard the victim suffered a displaced fracture to his ankle and a deep bruise to his head. However, Simons pleaded guilty to a charge of actual bodily harm on the basis he had punched him once in the face and had not caused the ankle fracture.

Jason Cross, defending, said Simons had attacked the man because he insulted his wife and punched her.

He said: “This is an offence that was caused by severe provocation from the complainant.”

Judge Lynn Tayton ordered Simons, of Narrowboat Lane, Northampton, to pay a £350 fine and costs of £250.