Judge hits out at night-time South Yorkshire brawls

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NIGHT-TIME street violence is making law-abiding residents ‘prisoners in their own homes’ in Chesterfield, a judge has warned.

Judge David Pugsley spoke out after he gave Christopher Platts a suspended jail term for kicking and stamping on another man during a brawl outside a club in the town.

Judge Pugsley said: “Many people – by no means elderly people – family people, teenage children, are just not wanting to take their children out.

“They become prisoners in their homes because of this sort of incident, not wanting to be confronted by that, having been to the theatre or out in the middle of Chesterfield.”

Faye Mellor, prosecuting, said trouble broke out outside the Back to the Nineties nightclub on Thursday, September 29, last year, when a man was knocked to the ground and then set upon by others.

She said: “Platts went to the complainant and at least one of those kicks or stamps made contact with his head.”

The victim had to take time off work and spent £100 on initial dental treatment. Ms Mellor said his total dental bill could be as high as £5,000.

The incident was captured on CCTV.

Digby Johnson, mitigating, said Platts, of Ringwood Road, Brimington, had never been in trouble before and accepted his conduct had been ‘inexcusable’.

Platts admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Derby Crown Court.

He was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years and told to pay £2,000 in compensation to the injured man.