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Duo shouted abuse at families and strangers in Peel

Former police officer stepped in to restrain pair

A court’s heard two men randomly abused families and strangers in Peel until a former police officer stepped in.


Alistair John Cowin of Taubman Terrace in Douglas and Anthony James Scaddan of no fixed address appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.


Scaddan, aged 25, admitted assault while both he and 36-year-old Cowin pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour on 22 June.


The court heard people had gathered in Peel that day for the Parish Walk but as those taking part arrived at around 5pm, the duo were hurling abuse and threats at people on the town’s promenade.


A former policeman remonstrated with the pair, and Scaddan responded by punching him in the face and breaking his glasses.


Members of the public went to help and were forced to restrain Cowin and Scaddan while they waited for police officers to arrive – both were swearing and kicking out as they were held.


Mrs Hughes praised the bravery of those who’d confronted the two men, saying it was a shocking incident which happened in front of children and families who’d been enjoying a day out.


She sent Cowin to prison for 12 weeks, while Scaddan was placed on probation for two years – both were also ordered to pay £125 prosecution costs.

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