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Wanted man Frankie Burke found hiding in dustbin
Police found a drunken man wanted for an early morning attack in Watford High Street hiding in a dustbin.
Frankie Burke, 26, was caught on CCTV hitting a man on the head with a bottle outside the Paparazzi night club in The Parade.
Prosecutor Colin Banham told St Albans Crown Court on Friday that Mr Burke ran off behind the shops. The police were called and, at the back of Your Move estate agents, found him hiding in a bin. He was searched and a small amount of cannabis and a grinder were found.
The man who had been struck suffered a cut to his left ear, but did not want to report the case to the police. He told the officers at the scene: "I will sort myself out. I don't want to talk to you lot," said Mr Banham.
Mr Burke of St Andrews Court, Watford, was taken to Watford Police Station, where he said he did not want a solicitor, refused to answer any police questions and would not come out of the cell.
He was charged and pleaded guilty to common assault and possessing cannabis.
John Marchant, defending, said: "He had been drinking. That's why he didn't answer questions. The bottle did not break so he could not have hit him that hard."
He said Mr Burke was on Job Seekers' Allowance but was hoping to get roofing work on building sites.
Judge Stephen Gullick passed a 12 month Community Order and ordered him to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work.