TWO teenagers have escaped for an attack on a youngster which left the victim with a broken jaw days before Christmas.
Robert Fitch, then 16, and a boy, then 14, were among 20 or 30 young people who gathered in a field near North Street in central York near a police station. police, at a time when only six people were allowed to meet due to coronavirus restrictions, York Crown Court heard.
Alex Menary, prosecuting, said Fitch punched the victim, who was not part of the group, in the side of the face, the group attacked the victim and the 14-year-old delivered a “force blow” to the victim’s face. which caused “awful pain”.
“These two defendants tried to stomp and kick (the victim) while he was on the ground,” the attorney said.
Several bystanders filmed the incident on mobile phones before the large group split up and fled.
The victim was taken to hospital where doctors later diagnosed a broken jaw requiring the insertion of a metal plate and a bloody nose.
He told the court his face was still numb and sore in cold weather almost two years later and thought the effect would be permanent.
Fitch, now 18, of Giles Avenue, Tang Hall, and a boy who cannot be named for legal reasons who lives in North York, both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Recorder Mark McKone KC told York Crown Court: ‘Had they been adults at the time (of the offence) immediate custody would have been sought. But for those under 18 without a criminal record, it would in principle be wrong to impose an immediate custodial sentence.
He placed Fitch on a two-year community order with 20-day rehab activities and the other defendant on a two-year youth rehab order with two-year supervision and two rehab programs of eight sessions each.
The two defendants must observe a six-month nighttime curfew between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and each was subject to a five-year restraining order aimed at protecting the victim and his girlfriend at the time.
The teenagers committed their offenses on December 19, 2020, when York was under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions limiting gatherings to six people.
Mr Menary told the court the victim went to land between North Street and the River Ouse that day for a pre-arranged fight, expecting to meet three other people.
Instead, when he arrived, he saw the group of 20 to 30 young people.
He and the person he had arranged to fight traded blows for a few minutes before breaking off, walking away from each other and shaking hands.
Fitch then lunged forward, punching the victim in the face and they exchanged blows. At one point, the victim put Fitch between his legs before stepping back.
Without warning, the second attacker punched the victim in the face.
Lawyers for the two defendants gave no mitigation after the judge announced he would not jail the pair.
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