Man battered in Weighton street

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TWO men brutally stamped and kicked a partygoer after he tried to stop rival teenagers from Pocklington and Market Weighton from fighting.

Scott Frankland, 19, and Conor Swanborough, 20, laid into Kevin Bird in Market Weighton, leaving him on the ground injured and screaming.

At the time more than 120 people were exiting a birthday party in Bradley’s Bar.

Having been ejected from the bar, Swanborough took a swing at a member of staff and went outside to start more trouble, claiming others were responsible, Hull Crown Court heard on Thursday 1 December.

Crown barrister Jane Bryan said that Mr Bird tried to stop five men ganging up on one youth, but the violence turned towards him instead.

“He was punched repeatedly until he went to the floor,” said Ms Bryan. “A witness saw Conor Swanborough punch him.

“Conor Swanborough was seen kicking him to the head. At the same time Scott Frankland kicked and stamped on him on the ground. Mr Bird was screaming in agony.”

Swanborough of Wapleton Lane, Atherton, near York and Frankland, of Dennison Road, Pocklington, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and appeared at court for sentence.

The court was told Swanborough has 21 convictions for offences including arson, burglary, possession of offensive weapons, theft and assault.

Frankland had a caution for affray in 2010 and a conviction for possession of a controlled drug.

Miss Bryan said Mr Bird suffered a fractured ankle and needed surgery.

She said both men denied kicking him on the ground when arrested by police.

Defending Swanborough, barrister Anil Murray said he was not responsible for the broken ankle. “He has been drinking a lot and has a drink problem,” said Mr Murray. “Since his father died, he has struggled to cope. He feels worthless. He feels a failure. He is grieving the death of his father, but is not yet mourning him.”

Judge Jeremy Baker, QC, said he would not sentence Swanborough until he had been assessed for mental health treatment on 2 February.

He told him all sentencing options would be open, including custody.

Barrister Michael Upson said Frankland knew of the rivalry between youths in Market Weighton and Pocklington and that night he drank too much alcohol and could remember little.

He said he had to accept he kicked someone, but could not remember. He said he was now working on an industrial site at Market Weighton and was not going out drinking in the town.

Judge Baker said: “Most offenders who kick people on the ground face custodial sentences. I appreciate you have no convictions for any similar matters.”

He ordered Frankland to complete 200 hours unpaid work in the community and a 12-month community order.