Film stu­dent’s ‘two min­utes of mad­ness’

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A FILM stu­dent’s drunken night out turned into a hor­ror af­ter “two min­utes of mad­ness”.

At Glas­gow Sher­iff Court, teenagers Gabriel Martin and Ge­orge Prince pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting as­sault in Sauchiehall Street on Au­gust 18, last year.

The fis­cal de­pute told the court that it was around 4.20am when Prince, 19, came into con­tact with a group of males that had also been out on the lash and were now wait­ing to be picked up by their taxi. For no rea­son, Prince be­gan to as­sault the com­plain­ers.

He pushed one on the body, forc­ing him back­wards. The at­tack was stopped when Prince was re­strained, but he quickly broke free and pushed an­other man.

Prince was again re­strained, but con­tin­ued to wave his arms, shout and make re­marks to­wards the com­plain­ers. He be­gan to throw punches, land­ing one on his first vic­tim’s face. He then chased his sec­ond vic­tim along the street and punched him re­peat­edly on the head.

At this point Martin – a friend of Prince – got in­volved and skelped his vic­tim four times. The in­ci­dent was over by 4.22am.

Martin’s vic­tim was then rushed to Glas­gow Royal be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted to the Queen Eliz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal for a frac­ture to his lower jaw.

In de­fence for Martin, Ms McTag­gart claimed the vi­o­lence was “en­tirely out of char­ac­ter”.

Sher­iff Camp­bell stressed that it was ex­tremely lucky the men were not in the High Court for cul­pa­ble homi­cide as they could have killed some­one – high­light­ing a case where some­one had died from a sin­gle punch.

Ms McTag­gart agreed: “And that harsh re­al­ity has not been lost on my client.

“This young man has strug­gled enor­mously with the weight of his ac­tions.”

Martin, who now suf­fers from de­pres­sion due to his ac­tions, was said to be a promis­ing young man from a happy and sta­ble fam­ily. Al­though study­ing film and Span­ish, it was noted that his con­vic­tion will af­fect any fu­ture travel plans.

Ms McTag­gart added that Martin ini­tially did not get in­volved and was at the back of the group, but when he did jump in it was only for a mat­ter of sec­onds. Recog­nis­ing the im­pact of his be­haviour, the teenager had saved £1500 and was keen to com­pen­sate for his ac­tions.

In de­fence for Prince, it was ex­plained that the ac­cused had been out watch­ing a footie game be­fore meet­ing up with friends to con­tinue drink­ing into the early hours.

Af­ter view­ing the CCTV, Prince pleaded guilty. He de­scribed his con­di­tion as “hyped up” and was “very ashamed”. His lawyer added: “He’s very sorry he dragged his friend Gabriel into it.”

Also from a good and sta­ble back­ground, Prince’s fam­ily were said to be dis­ap­pointed in his ac­tions. It was noted that Prince was a vol­un­teer foot­ball coach, which may have to come to an end due to the dis­clo­sure of his crim­i­nal record.

Sher­iff Camp­bell told the teens that they will both suf­fer the con­se­quences of those “two min­utes of mad­ness” for the rest of their lives. He sen­tenced Martin, of Partick­hill Road, to a CPO with 175 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted within nine months as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody. Martin was also handed a Com­pen­sa­tion Or­der for £1500.

Sher­iff Camp­bell scolded Prince: “Your ac­tions led to your friend be­ing in the po­si­tion he finds him­self in.”

Prince, of Beech­wood Drive, was there­after fined £680.

Teenagers Gabriel Martin and Ge­orge Prince, both 19, pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting as­sault in Sauchiehall Street af­ter a boozy night out in the city

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