Yob kicked men during cash point fracas

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A YOB who kicked two men during a town centre fracas has been given community work.

Cory Hope, 18, was in a group of five youths who confronted another group as two of their number used a cashpoint, Durham Crown Court heard.

“It was in the centre of Peterlee at about 10pm,” said Paul Newcombe, prosecuting. “There were two main victims in the other group.

“Hope’s part was to kick one man, causing him to fall forward, and to kick and punch another man, causing him to fall to the ground.”

Hope, 18, of Milton Grove, Shotton Colliery, admitted affray on June 26.

He was of previous good character.

The court was told four youths who were jointly charged with Hope were given referral orders by a youth court.

Jane Waugh, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Hope was 17 at the time of the offence, and is only at crown court because he has now turned 18.

“I submit he can reasonably expect some parity in sentence with his co-accused.

“Mr Hope was frank with police, and has never been in any trouble 

“He is looking for work and enjoys the support of his father, who is in court today.”

The Recorder, Ms Sophie Drake, sentenced Hope to a 12-month community order and 100 hours of unpaid work.

The recorder told him: “You may not have started the trouble, but you continued it and behaved like a yob.

“You have shown some remorse, and I accept what you did that night was out of character.”