Brawl fine but cleared of eye at­tack

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN UXBRIDGE man has been or­dered to pay costs for his in­volve­ment in a vi­cious brawl at Hyde Park’s Win­ter Won­der­land, which saw a man’s eye gouged out with a plas­tic cup.

Violence flared at the an­nual fes­tive fun­fair on De­cem­ber 21 last year af­ter a row over spilt beer.

Heat­ing en­gi­neer Jack Brad­street, 24, of Tu­dor Way, Uxbridge, joined in af­ter one of his friends, Bradley Hand, had thrown beer at a nearby group, Ham­mer­smith Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

He waded into the ruckus, but while oth­ers fled at the first sign of the po­lice, Brad­street had to be dragged off Raw­sht Rostam as he punched him re­peat­edly on the ground.

Brad­street was ini­tially ac­cused of the eye­goug­ing at­tack, but was cleared of in­volve­ment.

An­other as­sault charge was also dropped when the al­leged vic­tim failed to show up to court.

Brad­street was given a con­di­tional dis­charge and or­dered to pay £50 com­pen­sa­tion to Mr Rostam af­ter ad­mit­ting as­sault by beat­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ann Crighton said: “The scene is at Win­ter Won­der­land.

“An of­fi­cer came across a fight, ba­si­cally all the peo­ple that seemed to be at­tack­ing the vic­tim’s group ran off, but Mr Brad­street had to be pulled off the vic­tims.

“The fight started be­cause some­body threw beer at the vic­tims, he would say ac­ci­den­tally, and then an ar­gu­ment broke out.

“The main per­pe­tra­tor of this violence was not Mr Brad­street. How­ever, he was part of it.”

Mag­is­trate San­dra Gra­ham warned Brad­street to stay out of trou­ble in the fu­ture.

“A con­di­tional dis­charge means that for the next 12 months if you don’t com­mit any fur­ther of­fence this will go away,” she said.

“How­ever, should you be found guilty of any of­fence or com­mit any of­fence you will be pun­ished for this of­fence.

“Also any of­fence that you com­mit will be looked at far more se­ri­ously.’

Brad­street was or­dered to pay £50 com­pen­sa­tion to Mr Rostam, £85 pros­e­cu­tion costs, and a £15 vic­tim sur­charge.

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