Magistrates tells youngsters involved in Chatteris brawl they can expect to spend Christmas locked up
TWO teenagers involved in a street brawl in Chatteris town centre will be sending Christmas in jail, after magistrates gave them a 12 week custodial sentence.
The incident was caught on CCTV - and Fenland magistrates watched the footage before sending 19-year-old Shane Richards and 18-year-old Daniel Robertson to a young offender’s institution.
“The fact that you did not start the violence makes no difference, there were punches and kicks, and a bottle was thrown that could have killed someone,” said presiding magistrate Jane Melloy.
Richards, 19, of Wimpole Street, Chatteris; and Robertson, 18, of High Street, Chatteris, had both admitted affray. Both had a previous conviction for a similar offence.
The fight occurred around 2am on September 18, the court was told. During the incident, Richards had tripped up a man, and then kicked his victim on the floor. He also threw a bottle or glass.
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Robertson become involved later, he punched the same victim in the head while he was on the floor.
Mitigating, Nen Spasojevic unsuccessfully pleaded with the magistrates to give the teenagers a suspended jail sentence rather than immediate custody.
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“The offence was born out of drink and acting as a group,” he said. “They were not the initiators of the violence; Richards had tried to calm the dispute, but he went too far.
“They were two young men who came upon a scene of violence and both decided to contribute; but they were not the instigators.”