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Man admits attacking Shameless star

A man has pleaded guilty to attacking Shameless star Elliott Tittensor on the steps of a court last November.

John Russell Flint, 47, assaulted the 21-year-old actor after he was fined for driving without insurance following a car accident which left Flint's 18-year-old son with permanent eye injuries.

Tittensor, who plays Carl Gallagher in the Channel 4 show, was unhurt after being hauled to the ground outside London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on November 2 last year.

Flint, of no fixed address, admitted the charge, which relates to fear or provocation of violence under section four of the Public Order Act, at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London.

Clare Mirza, prosecuting, said: "Elliott Tittensor attended a court appearance at Highbury Corner. This was a high-profile case and it was believed there was likely to be a lot of press interest.

"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. During the scuffle the defendant was wrestled to the ground and arrested."

Ms Mirza said the defendant later admitted to police he had thrown a punch. She then passed the magistrates, Melvyn Bryant and Matthew Hughes, photographs taken at the incident.

Flint, who has a number of previous convictions dating back to 1982, was told by Mr Bryant to attend Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on April 12 to be sentenced. The bricklayer was told he could expect a sentence of unpaid work in the community, once the court receives pre-sentence reports.

Flint, who represented himself during the hearing, said: "I apologise to the court. I just lost my temper. I saw his face smiling outside of the court."

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