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Man admits attacking Shameless star Elliott Tittensor

Police restrain John Russell Flint outside Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court
Image caption Officers restrained Flint after he attacked the actor outside the court

A man has pleaded guilty to throwing a punch at television actor Elliott Tittensor outside a north London court.

Tittensor, 21, who plays Carl Gallagher in Shameless, was attacked soon after he was fined for admitting driving without insurance in an accident.

John Flint, 47, of no fixed address, admitted a charge relating to fear or provocation of violence under section four of the Public Order Act.

Flint's son suffered eye injuries in the accident caused by Tittensor.

The actor in the Channel 4 series was attacked outside Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in November after being fined £750 and having six penalty points added to his licence.

'Lost my temper'

He was uninjured in the attack.

Tittensor, from Ryecroft Avenue in Heywood, Lancashire, was in the car with his girlfriend, actress Kaya Scodelario, 18, in the early hours of 15 August when the accident happened outside a fast food restaurant in Kentish Town, north London.

Image caption The actor admitted driving without insurance during an accident

Oliver Flint, 18, who sustained head injuries in the accident, was left with permanent eye damage.

Clare Mirza, prosecuting, told the court: "Mr Tittensor left the court after his hearing and a car pulled up outside on Holloway Road.

"Two males exited. Mr Tittensor appeared, and the defendant, having been waiting outside of court, threw a punch at Mr Tittensor.

"There was a scuffle, whereby a number of police officers got involved, trying to restrain the defendant and protect the victim."

Flint, a bricklayer, who represented himself, said: "I just lost my temper. I saw his face smiling outside of the court.

"I'm not going to pay him one penny of compensation. I'll pay the court but not him."

Flint, who has several previous convictions dating back to 1982, will be sentenced on 12 April.

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