AN ISLE of Wight man assaulted a woman at a bus stop after playing pool and drinking alcohol.

Ben Williams, of High Street, Ventnor, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday, February 9.

The 21-year-old admitted common assault in Ryde, on October 26 of last year.

Lauren Stone, prosecuting, said the victim had been at Rocket Ronnie's with her partner, and Williams was a friend of a friend who played pool with them.  

The victim left the venue some time after an argument between Williams and his own partner, and while stood at the bus stop, she claimed to see Williams punch and assault a random member of the public.

The victim said she challenged Williams, and he punched her three times in the chest, winding her.

The court heard Williams had five previous convictions for nine offences.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Williams admitted there was a verbal disagreement, but categorically denied any incident involving a member of the public.

He said the victim confronted Williams for no apparent reason and got in his face.

The court heard he pushed her away on at least three occasions, but no injury was caused.

Mr Vincent told the bench alcohol was a contributing factor, and Williams had already self-enrolled himself with the Inclusion service.

Williams was fined £184,with costs of £85 and a £74 surcharge.