A CHIVENOR-based Royal Marine has admitted kicking a man during a fight in Barnstaple.
Jack Scott, 21, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Jack Seymour during an incident on June 22 this year.
The Marine, of Longfellow Close, Liverpool, denies the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, asked for two weeks to allow the Crown to decide whether to proceed to trial on the second count.
He said it would be necessary to speak to the victim and get updated information about his injuries, which included a fractured cheek bone.
Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said Scott pleaded guilty on the basis that he aimed one kick to get Mr Seymour off his friend during a fight, rather than the three kicks alleged by the prosecution.
Exeter Crown Court heard Scott is a serving Royal Marine currently living at camp. He has previously trained at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, near Exmouth.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned the case to allow time for the prosecution to consider the pleas and granted Scott conditional bail.