'I'm not a thug', says horse punch man
A man seen punching a police horse during clashes after the Tyne-Wear derby in Newcastle, has claimed that the attack was not premeditated.
Speaking in April, Barry Rogerson, of Hartlands, Bedlington, said he was acting in self-defence, claiming the Yorkshire Police horse, called Bud, was bolting towards him.
The 45-year-old unemployed factory manager said he panicked and did not intend to injure the animal.
Rogerson admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on 24 October.
26 Sep 2013
- From the section Tyne & Wear