Thugs spared jail at Sheffield Crown Court after man headbutted in taxi-rank argument

Two thugs have narrowly been spared from jail after they were involved in town centre taxi-rank attacks following a night-out.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:50 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on March 3 how youngsters Kian-Lee Wallis and Liam Beaumont had been waiting at a taxi-rank in Barnsley town centre when a supervisor broke-up a fight and headed off down Market Street to separate others when he was knocked to the ground.

Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, said CCTV shows Wallis and another unknown male set upon the taxi-rank supervisor in April, 2018, on Market Street and Wallis kicked him while the supervisor was on the ground.

Ms Earnshaw added about two hours later Wallis also got involved in a verbal altercation at a taxi-rank on Market Hill with another male and cameras showed Wallis and Beaumont assaulting two complainants with punches, kicks and headbutts.

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Recorder David Kelly told the defendants: “No doubt because it was raining heavily and you were all getting wet, you Wallis and Beaumont got involved in an an argument with two men and a woman over your place in the queue for a taxi.”

He confirmed one of the two men was punched, kicked and headbutted in the joint attack and the second man was punched and kicked.

Wallis, aged 19, of Springfield Crescent, Darfield, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the taxi-rank supervisor.

And Beaumont, aged 20, of Ancona Rise, Darfield, Barnsley, and Wallis pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after the second incident.

Richard Adams, defending, said Wallis had only been aged 16 at the time of the offences and due to delays in proceedings he is now an adult facing the prospect of a custodial sentence.

Emily Jenkins, defending, said Beaumont is regarded as an honest and hardworking joiner who is ashamed of what he has done.

Recorder Kelly accepted the defendants were young at the time and the delays have not been their fault.

He sentenced Wallis to a two-year community order with 180 hours’ unpaid work and Beaumont was sentenced to a two-year community order with 140 hours’ unpaid work.

Wallis must pay £550 compensation and Beaumont must pay £400 compensation.

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