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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Adam Ant to pay for affray
Adam Ant
Adam Ant reacted to taunts about his clothes
Former pop idol Adam Ant has been placed under a 12 month community rehabilitation order at the Old Bailey following an incident in which he threatened drinkers at a pub.

He was also ordered to pay 500 compensation to an injured pub musician.

The 48-year-old singer, from Primrose Hill in north London, appeared in court under his real name of Stuart Goddard.

He admitted one charge of affray at the Old Bailey in August.

Adam Ant
Adam Ant sold millions of records in the 1980s

On Wednesday, Judge Jeremy Roberts made the Community Rehabilitation Order after saying he accepted the singer had suffered a temporary spell of mental illness.

He said: "The psychiatrists are agreed that you were suffering a temporary episode of a recognised mental disorder which could have substantially impaired the responsibility for what you did.

"Happily, you have now recovered from that episode."

But he said he had to be sure such an incident would not happen again and that was why he was making the order which would enable him to be supervised by psychiatric and social workers.

Judge Roberts added: "I trust it will be the last time we will see you here."

Adam Ant left court without commenting.

"Cowboy" clothes

The singer was charged earlier this year after the incident in January at the Prince of Wales pub in Kentish Town, north London.

He returned to the pub after regular drinkers there laughed at his "cowboy" clothes.

He was said to have smashed the pub's windows - injuring musician Plato Contostavlos - and waved a starting pistol at customers who ran after him.

Adam Ant
The singer has recovered from mental illness
It appeared he was furious that customers had mockingly sung the theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly when he walked in.

Three further charges of criminal damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm were denied by Goddard and dropped by the prosecution.

After his arrest Goddard had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act in the Alice Ward of the Royal Free Hospital, in north London.

He was remanded on bail until sentencing after his court appearance in August.

In court on Wednesday, the singer wore a suit and tie in contrast to his flamboyant stage costumes from the 1980s when he was known for dressing as pirates and highwaymen and wearing a white stripe across his face.

He also a fedora hat and dark glasses when he arrived at court and kept his eyes closed throughout most of the hearing.

A handful of fans watched from the public gallery throughout.

The former Punk sold about 16 million records and in 1981 had seven hits in the Top 40 in one week.

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