THE chairman of Boston Town Football Club has been fined after pleading guilty to assaulting a man in a alleged disagreement over money.
Mick Vines lashed out at old friend Zhahed Younis – who he ‘treated like a son’, according to his solicitor – after he asked the 62-year-old to repay a £3,000 debt, Boston Magistartes’ Court was told on Wednesday.
He had originally pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated assault. This charge was later altered to the lesser assault by beating, which Vines admitted.
Sentencing, District Judge John Stobart told Vines: “Let this be an end of it. If there are any further differences between yourself and Mr Younis, walk away from it. You cannot behave in this way, which is unbecoming to a man of your status and age.”
Vines, of Fen Road, Frampton Fen, was passing by Mr Younis’ business on Bond Street when he asked the chairman for the money he owed, and Vines lashed out, said William Powell, prosecuting.
The solicitor said he grabbed Mr Younis’ collar aggressively and was also seen by a witness to grab a nearby spirit level, but the court was told there was no evidence as to whether or not that was used in the assault.
He added: “For whatever reason the defendant regarded this as an inappropriate request and he simply boiled over.”
Vines was originally charged with racially aggravated assault, after it was alleged that racist language was used in the attack. He pleaded not guilty and was due to face trial, but the charge was changed before the case was due to be heard at court.
Iain Suggett, defending, told the court that nothing racist had been said.
He added: “He treated Mr Younis like a son, he has known him for most of his life.
“It’s a very sad situation. Mr Vines accepts he reacted inappropriately at the time.”
Vines was sentenced to pay a £100 fine, £60 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.