'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.
- From the section Tyne & Wear