TWO underage drinkers who became involved in late-night brawls at a taxi rank have been spared prison sentences.
Kian-Lee Wallis (20), of Springfield Crescent, Darfield, and Liam Beaumont (20), of Ancona Rise, Darfield, were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after getting involved in violence at a taxi rank in Barnsley town centre in the early hours of April 2, 2018.
Ms Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, said Wallis had assaulted taxi queue attendant Mr Elias Thorpe in Barnsley town centre at about 4.15am.
“There were a number of people queuing for taxis and a fight broke out,” she said.
“Mr Thorpe and his colleagues intervened and attempted to diffuse the situation.”
Ms Earnshaw said Mr Thorpe had recalled seeing a couple of people around him and he had then been assaulted.
He had covered his face in an attempt to protect himself.
Ms Earnshaw said Wallis had been identified on CCTV as kicking out at Mr Thorpe as he lay on the floor.
Wallis, who had been drinking in Barnsley town centre with friends, returned to the taxi rank at about 6.45am.
He had become involved in another altercation and someone nearby rang the police, the court heard.
CCTV footage showed Wallis and an unknown male kicking, punching and headbutting a man, while Beaumont kicked the same man in the face.
The victim said in a statement which was read to the court that he felt lucky not to be more seriously injured.
Wallis and Beaumont had repeatedly kicked and punched another man while he was on the floor, Ms Earnshaw said.
One of the victims suffered a broken jaw and needed two metal plates fitting, while another suffered bruising and swelling to his face.
Wallis and Beaumont were arrested and accepted they had been drinking before heading to the taxi rank.
Wallis said he could not remember kicking Mr Thorpe and had not been aware of his actions because he was drunk, Ms Earnshaw said.
Beaumont told police that the pair had both been drinking for 13 hours by the time they were involved in the fight.
Wallis, who was 16 at the time, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm for the assault on the taxi queue attendant.
Beaumont, who was 17, and Wallis, both admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.
Mr Richard Adams, mitigating for Wallis, said: “This appears to have been an argument at the head of a taxi rank between drunk revellers in the early hours of the morning.”
Mr Adams said his client had accepted that he should not have been out drinking.
Recorder David Kelly gave Wallis and Beaumont two-year community orders.
“These sentences do not reflect what you would have served had you committed these offences as adults,” he said.
“You would almost certainly be going to prison had that been the case.”
Wallis must complete 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £550 compensation to the victims while Beaumont must complete 140 hours of unpaid work and pay £400 to the victims.