A Saturday night out for a birthday celebration ended in a mass brawl that led to suspended prison-sentences for two Hucknall men.
Dad Ryan Thomas Cooper (22), of Watnall Road, and his friend, Anthony Graves (22), of Laughton Crescent, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause or provoke violence.
The court heard that Cooper and Graves were part of an altercation that flared up on the tram lines next to Market Square in Nottingham city centre at 1.30 am on Sunday 23rd March.
The fracas erupted after a member of their party was assaulted and sustained a serious injury to his leg
CCTV footage was played to the court by Tracey Ross (prosecuting) showing a clash involving “a large group of males and one female”.
In dishing out jail terms of 90 days, suspended for 12 months for Cooper and 18 months for Graves, the chairman of the Bench, Mr G.M.Walker said: “Initially, there was provocation and you felt justified in getting involved.
“But the moment you started taking physical action, it became a prolonged incident. There was chasing, hitting, punching and attacking.
“Had people come forward and complained about their injuries, this sentence would have been more serious.”
Labourer Cooper was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, while Graves, who is unemployed, was also ordered to be supervised by the probation service.
For Cooper, Rebecca Meadows (defending) said the night was one of the first times he had gone out drinking after the birth of his daughter four weeks earlier.
“He accepts that this kind of anti-social behaviour is unacceptable,” said Miss Meadows. “There are issues he needs to work on, and he is engaging with a psychologist on a one-to-one basis every week.”
For Graves, Nichola Thorpe (defending) said he “had been motivated by misguided loyalty after his friend had received a serious injury”.
“He is very remorseful and accepts that, when he drinks, his temper sometimes gets the better of him.
“He has a history of depression, and was bullied at school, but he has the support of a close-knit family.”
Cooper and Graves were both ordered to pay a court costs of £85, plus a victim surcharge of £80.
Concluded Mr Walker: “This is the last chance for both of you to get your lives together.”