Youth coach admits street attack

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall

A youth team football coach has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted being involved in a street attack 18 months ago.

Steven Jones, 30, and his co-accused 31-year-old James Jackson were sentenced to 15 months in jail, suspended for two years, following a attack on Jack Armitage in November 2012.

Jones, of Blackwood Grove, Pellon, and Jackson, of Stanley Avenue, Mixenden, will each have to £1,000 in compensation to Mr Armitage for the injuries he suffered in the attack and they will also have to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community.

Bradford Crown Court heard that there was some background between Jones and Mr Armitage, but prosecutor Camille Morland said the complainant was attacked without warning as he waited near a fish shop in Luddenden Foot.

She said Mr Armitage was punched in the face and dragged to the ground where he was kicked and stamped on mainly to his hands and arms.

Miss Morland told Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC that the complainant suffered a fractured right wrist and a dislocated left elbow in the early evening attack.

After their arrests Jones and Jackson denied being involved in the violence, but in January this year they pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm when their case was listed for trial.

The judge was handed references on behalf of Jones which highlighted his good employment record with an engineering firm and his involvement in coaching youth team football.

Judge Durham Hall said both men were hard-working and he had decided that it would be best to punish them in the community.

Both men will also have to pay £500 costs.