Brutes attacking my girl on ground were like animals

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A MOTHER watched as a group of Halifax youths attacked her daughter like “a pack of animals”, a court heard.

Three Boothtown yobs – Ashley Holmes, 20, of Bath Place, Daniel Maguire, 20, of Range Bank Top, and Ryan Trueman-Smith, 18, of Woodside Terrace – kicked Jessica Waterman as she lay on the ground.

On the night of June 5, a row had broken out between Holmes and Jessica, his ex-girlfriend. Jessica was forced to the ground by Holmes’s new girlfriend and the group crowded round kicking her.

In a statement to Bradford Crown Court, Jessica’s mother said she drove down the road and saw them surrounding her daughter “like a pack of animals”.

Earlier that day, Holmes had argued with a man waiting outside a takeaway in Boothtown in his girlfriend’s car. When the couple tried to drive off, a gang of 12 ran down the road towards them.

Holmes was in the group and began trying to punch the man through the open car window.

He kicked the car, smashing a window.

The gang then dragged his girlfriend out of the car. Trueman-Smith slapped her in the face while the ohers kicked her and pulled her hair.

Her boyfriend ran to help. He slipped and the gang kicked him on the ground.

Holmes admitted two assaults and criminal damage and was given a community order for 18 months with 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Maguire pleaded guilty to two assaults and was given a community order for 18 months with 100 hours’ work.

Trueman-Smith admitted assault and was fined £100.