Holidaymaker must pay compensation for violence

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 November 2015

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A young holidaymaker has been ordered to pay compensation to a fellow tourist who he kicked during a closing-time fight at an Exmouth caravan park.

David Bosanko was 16 years old at the time of the attack at the Sandy Bay resort in the summer of 2014, when he kicked victim Daniel Webber in the face.

He intervened in a brawl in which his older brother, Gavin Wardman, was wrestling with Mr Webber in a flower bed outside the club at the holiday camp.

Bosanko, now 18, of Bedworth, Glamorgan, admitted causing actual bodily harm. He was ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid community work, pay £750 compensation and undergo a four-month curfew by Judge Simon Carr at Exeter Crown Court.

Wardman, 29, of Heol Trecastell, Caerphilly, was found not guilty of the same charge, but accepted a police caution.

Judge Carr told Bosanko: “You have pleaded guilty to a very unpleasant incident of violence. You had way too much to drink, but you were only 16 at the time.

“Your brother became involved in an altercation and your way of dealing with it was to kick a man in the head while he was on the ground.

“These courts regularly deal with murders which occur in similar circumstances when someone is kicked in the head. That is how serious this was.”

Miss Heather Hope, prosecuting, said Bosanko was staying at Sandy Bay, in Exmouth, with a group of family and friends in June 2014. He had been drinking at the bar until closing time when a fight broke out between his brother and Mr Webber.

Miss Hope said: “Wardman and Webber fell to the floor and punches were exchanged as they were rolling around in bushes. Bosanko went up to them and kicked Mr Webber in the head at least twice.”

Mr Webber did not go to hospital at the time, but was later treated for severe bruising around his eye socket.

Miss Laura Searle, defending, said Bosanko should be given credit for admitting what he had done. She said Bosanko would have done so sooner, but was worried about the consequences.

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