World Cup party ended in violence

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A DRUNK man attacked another drinker after he saw him urinating in the street after a World Cup Party, a court heard.

Devon Phillips ended up in a confrontation with the man after he took offence to him relieving himself in his street.

On the same night of June 25, he went on to attack another man, grabbing planks of wood to use in the incident.

Durham Crown Court heard the victim had left the World Cup gathering in Gainford, Chester-le-Street, at about 10pm and admitted he was very drunk.

David Cook, prosecuting, said Phillips had challenged the man about his “disrespectful” actions, with the pair involved in an altercation after the victim shouted something back to him.

Kicks and punches were used during the assault, with a witness recalling she saw the victim struck seven times in the head.

A second man who had been at the same party then became involved in a brawl with Phillips.

The attack left the man with two black eyes.

Phillips, 20, of Gainford, admitted two charges of actual bodily harm.

Tony Davis, defending, said the victims were not randomly chosen and said the circumstances would have led many to take exception to the man’s actions and Phillip’s could not fathom why he had behaved as he did.

He explained Phillips had also been drinking in the lead up to the incidents.

Recorder Jonathan Aitken sentenced him to community order with supervision for nine months with a 8pm to 5am curfew to run for 12 weekends.

He was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation to both victims.