MONDAY, MARCH 12: Three men appeared in court today charged in connection with a fight on Front Street over the weekend.

Zachary Simmons, 29, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Susan Simons on March 10 in Pembroke.

Ralph Robinson, 29, and Michael Payne, 38, both pleaded guilty to taking part in a fight in a public place - Front Street - on the same day.

Crown counsel Carrington Mahoney told the court Mr Simmons allegedly punched Ms Simons in the face early on Saturday morning. Payne came to her rescue by pushing Mr Simmons away from her.

Robinson then attacked Payne and started to fight.

Mr Mahoney continued: “At 1am, officers were on duty on Front Street when they received a report of a disturbance outside Flanagan’s.

“When they arrived, they saw two men on the ground viciously fighting and made numerous attempts to break up the men.”

Mr Mahoney said police eventually deployed captor spray and separated the men. Both were handcuffed and taken to the Hamilton Police Station where they were charged with affray.

Addressing the court, Robinson’s mother June said: ‘I just want to say that he has been a good son.

“He always looks out for our family.

“He makes time to pick up his son from school.

“He always works hard.

“This was out of character, he has never been in trouble before.”

The court was told Robinson has an IT consultancy business.

He said: “I am very apologetic for the incident that occurred.

“I am normally just focused on my business and working very hard.

“This was just very, very out of character and won’t happen again.”

The court heard from duty counsel Leo Mills that Payne was assisting a “damsel in distress”.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner gave Robinson a conditional discharge for 12 months and Payne was given an absolute discharge.

Mr Simmons will face trial on June 9.