Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Two late night revellers from Exmouth have received suspended jail sentences at Exeter Crown Court after a man was knocked unconscious and kicked in the head during a late-night brawl.
A fast food shop customer suffered serious head injuries when he was knocked unconscious and kicked in the head in the centre of Exmouth.
Late night revellers Alexander Iddon, from the Colony, and Jordan Javadi, from Littleham, left victim Peter Vincent with swelling on his brain after they waded into a street fight outside a food outlet.
A judge refused to order any compensation for the victim after hearing he started the trouble and had admitted escalating the violence by assaulting Javadi.
Iddon, aged 23, of Salisbury Road, Exmouth, and Javadi, aged 22, of Nelson Close, Exmouth, admitted affray when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
Ex bouncer Iddon was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, ordered to do 240 hours unpaid work, and attend literacy and alcohol awareness courses.
Javadi was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work.
Vincent appeared at an earlier hearing before magistrates and also received a 16 week suspended sentence.
Judge Phillip Wassall said: “I am sure any bystander going about their ordinary business would have been alarmed by this sort of brawling. When people are hit in this way the consequences are unpredictable.
“This sort of disagreement between two groups all too frequently ends up in serious breaches of public order. There was a fight and these defendants were trying to do the right thing and break it up.
“They had been subjected to violence but the problem is that incidents like this can be fatal and it is only luck that it was not. In another sense it is bad luck he was so badly injured.
“I am not going to order compensation to Mr Vincent. If you exclude the consequences, he is in no better position as regards the public order element than the defendants. He started it.”
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said the fight happened in the centre of Exmouth at 3.30 am in January when groups of men had come out of clubs and were getting take-away food.
A fight started which did not initially involve Iddon or Javadi but they tried to break it up and were assaulted. Javadi punched Vincent, who fell heavily on the pavement banging his head.
Iddon then joined the assault and kicked him in the head when he was either unconscious or semi-conscious.
He did not realise the severity of his injuries until later when he was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment for swelling of the brain. He had to take time off work and suffered medical problems for six months afterwards.
Miss Emily Pitts, for Iddon, said he is very short sighted and his glasses were broken in the attack. He also had blood in his eyes and kicked out at random, without realising he hit Vincent’s head.
She said he told police he was disgusted with his actions and remorseful. At the time he worked as a doorman but is now hoping to find a new job on the bins.
Mr Nick Bradley, for Javadi, said he had responded to violence and not intended to cause any serious injury.