Northern Ireland

Royal Marine Andrew Mcullough in street fight after boxing match

A Royal Marine from Northern Ireland has admitted assaulting a man during a street fight that took place outside a nightclub in Exeter, Devon last year.

Lance Corporal Andrew Mcullough was in a group of marines who became involved in the fight after watching a boxing championship at their training base.

He knocked out a man's tooth with a single punch.

He was ordered him to pay his victim £1,000 compensation and carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work.

Mcullough who is based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset, was also ordered to pay £85 in legal costs.

Exeter Magistrates Court heard that the marines had drunk a large amount of alcohol on their night out after the boxing championships which were held at their base in Lympstone, Devon.

It was alleged that three local men became "upset" when the marines left the nightclub with a girl from the area.

At this point trouble flared and Mcullough assaulted Shaun Tucker causing him actual bodily harm.

A defence lawyer said Mcullough was promoted as the best marine in his troop and he was due to go to Afghanistan.

He said his client accepted he was not provoked or acting in self defence and was "totally in the wrong".

"He is doing a vital role but that does not mean he is allowed to go around punching people in the street," the lawyer said.