A teenager whose attack on a drunken reveller was captured on CCTV has described the assault as ‘horrible’.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how George Bates, 18, of Morris Avenue, Chesterfield, punched and kicked Liam Chadwick-Anderson after a row on Holywell Street, in the town.
Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “The injured party threw the first punch but Bates and two others fought back and Bates kicked the injured party.”
Police found Mr Chadwick-Anderson drunk outside Eyres furniture store with facial injuries. Ms Hadfield added: “On seeing the CCTV, Bates said he thought it was horrible.”
Defending solicitor Bertie Mather said the argument arose because the defendant’s girlfriend took a chip from someone and that person carried on but for some reason the injured party became abusive. Mr Mather explained Bates, who had been celebrating his birthday, felt remorse and could not believe he had behaved so badly. Bates pleaded guilty to committing assault occasioning actual bodily harm after the incident in March. He was sentenced on Tuesday, June 4, to 26 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months and 240 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge. His two co-defendants received cautions.