Darren Burleigh, defending, said his client did not try to push past Mr Fanty but accepted the discrepancy would not make a difference to sentence, adding that Hamlett had no intention of pressing assault charges against Mr Fanty.
"He has thought about his position and he is not going to pursue any action against Mr Fanty," Mr Burleigh said.
"This is because he knows it is his fault that he finds himself here and not the fault of his victim.
"I would submit this shows an awareness of the impact on victims in cases like these.
"He understands why what happened did happen."A unique combination of the passive voice plus the sheer cheek of obliquely claiming victimhood due to getting (rightly) clobbered when the real victim found him trying to burgle his house!
But Darren was merely warming up…
Mr Burleigh said Hamlett burgled the property to fund a drugs habit that started before he was even a teenager and that when he undertook the offence his mind was "pickled".
"However he has taken full responsibility and displayed a high level of remorse," Mr Burleigh.
"He would even like the opportunity to meet his victims, showing I would say courage with a small 'c'. "My thoughts? Well, they begin with ‘c’ all right…