Brawling trio are told: Be ashamed

Three people have been sentenced after an alcohol-fuelled row over cigarettes put a man in hospital.

Stephen Enright, 27, of Rothwell Drive, Savile Park, Halifax, and Justin Mawdsley, 29, and Rebecca O’Brien, 25, both of Highroad Well in Halifax, were enjoying a family birthday celebration in Halifax last January.

They left Bar 11 in Harrison Road just after midnight and walked to a nearby takeaway.

A fight broke out after O’Brien asked a passerby if he would lend her a cigarette.

Prosecutor Michael Collins told Bradford Crown Court how without warning, O’Brien punched the man, before her partner Mawdsley ran over and rugby tackled him to the floor.

The victim landed head first on the pavement, leaving him with injuries to his face, neck and shoulders.

As blood poured from him, the victim curled into a ball for protection while Mawdsley and Enright continued to assault him, kicking him in the chest while he was on the ground.

The victim was eventually able to get up and moved away from the road, but Mawdsley continued to punch him.

As he did, O’Brien began hurling abuse at members of the victim’s party and began fighting with female members of the group.

All three admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

As well as the head injuries, the victim suffered a fractured finger. Gary Scott, defending Enright, said his client had acted entirely out of character, while Edward Binloss, for Mawdsley, said: “He jumped in with an overly protective attitude towards his girlfriend but is genuinely remorseful for what occurred.”

James Littlehales, for O’Brien, said his client accepted she was the one responsible for starting the fight and that she had had too much to drink.

Recorder Graeme Cook told all three they should be thoroughly ashamed.

“You all need to learn from this you cannot take your drink,” he told them.

The judge told O’Brien: “You were the catalyst to what happened that night.

“If it wasn’t for you, the two people next to you probably wouldn’t be standing in the dock now.”

He told Enright, a former middle-distance English schools champion: “It beggars belief how you should have even got involved in this matter at all.”

O’Brien was given a 12-month community order with a five-month curfew and ordered to pay £50 compensation and £100 in costs.

Mawdsley was given a 12-month community order to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, while Enright was given a community order of the same length with an order to do 150 unpaid hours.

Both men were each told to pay £100 compensation and £100 costs.