A MAN has now admitted charges arising from a confrontation after abuse was shouted at a pregnant woman leaving a city centre pub.

Bailey Decaprio was accused of assaulting a couple who confronted him over the comments as the group left the Market Tavern, in Durham, on February 24.

He denied two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and also pleaded not guilty being in possession of an offensive weapon, a knuckleduster, found on him when he was arrested a short time later in North Road, Durham.

The 22-year-old defendant, of Wakenshaw Road, Gilesgate, Durham, was to have stood trial at the city’s crown court last week.

But, at the scheduled start of the case, he changed his plea to the offensive weapon charge and, also, pleaded guilty to a new count of affray arising from the incident.

Those pleas were “accepted” by the prosecution, averting the need for a trial.

Decaprio was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on July 19.