A MAN has appeared in court following an early-morning brawl in Huddersfield town centre.
Benjamin Balicki, of Moor End Road, Lockwood, admitted using threatening behaviour in King Street on September 20.
The 32-year-old had initially denied the charge and had been due to stand trial.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting at Kirklees Magistrates’ Courts, said that the incident took place at 3am.
He said that Balicki was involved in an argument with another group of males and blows were exchanged.
The prosecutor added that a man who had been struck attended hospital but he only received minor injuries.
Magistrates were told that Balicki was heavily in drink at the time.
In interview he claimed that he had felt threatened after one of the men pulled a knife on him.
Magistrates heard that Balicki’s most recent offence was drugs related, for which he received a suspended sentence at Bradford Crown Court.
Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that his client had been out in the town centre with friends.
One got involved in an argument with another man and he had attempted to separate them.
Mr Sisson-Pell said: “Another male escalated the incident by threatening him with a knife.
“He was struck by Mr Balicki and police were called.”
Magistrates fined Balicki £265 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.