Pair jailed for street attack

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TWO men who attacked three passers-by have each been jailed for a year.

Grant Craig and Robbie Richardson were part of a group of about 10 men who were scuffling near Elvet Bridge in Durham City, Durham Crown Court heard.

“It was about 11.30pm,” said Shaun Dryden, prosecuting. “Witnesses are not clear if this early part of the incident was a real fight or not.

“The group moved onto the bridge just as the three victims had the misfortune to be walking over it.

“They were a man, his girlfriend and their male friend.

“The man was punched by Robbie Richardson, who witnesses describe taking a run up to do it.

“His girlfriend was knocked to the ground, and both were punched and kicked as they lay there.

“The male friend tried to intervene and was punched in the face for his trouble.”

Mr Dryden said a witness described one of the kicks as like a man kicking a football.

Craig, 22, of Queensway, and Richardson, 19, of Kingsway, both Houghton, each admitted affray.

Annelise Haugstad, defending both men, said in mitigation: “This was a single incident and mercifully the injuries caused were minor.

“The red mist descended and both defendants behaved in a way that is out of character for them.

“Both of them have a job, and both are pleasant and well-mannered young men in the normal run of events.”

Jailing Craig and Robertson for 12 months each, Judge Neil Clark told them: “The people of Durham City will not tolerate this type of drunken violence.

“Three innocent passers-by were injured, including a woman.

“Behaviour such as this also damages the reputation of Durham City.

“It causes embarrassment to residents and makes some of them fearful of going out.”