Man attacked by total strangers in Derby Market Place

Two young thugs attacked an innocent stranger in an unprovoked attack in front of revellers in Derby Market Place.

Bradley Munton and Jack Tatham rushed towards their victim before Tatham punched him twice to face.

Derby Crown Court heard how the second blow knocked him to the ground where Munton then punched him and kicked him once to the head.

In a victim impact statement, the man they assaulted said: “I was on a night out with a friend and now I am reluctant to go out again.

“I no longer feel safe any more.”

Eunice Opare-Addo, prosecuting, said the attack happened in the early hours of October 27, last year.

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She said the victim and a friend were in the Market Place and the friend was talking to a homeless man when he heard shouting from behind him.

Miss Opare-Addo said: “He saw the complainant shout back at the males that he did not want any trouble and at that point, he saw Jack Tatham punch him.

“He (the friend) tried to take the complainant away moving backwards and getting close to a parked car when Jack Tatham punched the complainant a second time without warning.

“He fell and was then punched and kicked once to the head by the defendant Bradley Munton.”

Miss Opare-Addo said a doorman working at a nearby establishment positively identified the two defendants to the police who had arrived.

She said they were arrested and both answered “no comment” to the questions they were asked in interview.

Munton, 21, of Alvaston Street, Alvaston and Tatham, also 21 and of Lawn Mill Road, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, both later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Neither has any previous convictions.

Handing Munton a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years and Tatham a four-month jail sentence, again suspended for two years, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “What you did that evening was wholly unsatisfactory.

“You rushed towards someone and while you, Mr Tatham, punched him twice you, Mr Munton, punched him once and kicked him to the head.

“The public are entitled not to see this sort of violence of which there is far too much in Derby and elsewhere.

“It is unsatisfactory in a public place and I suspect both of you know that.”

As well as the suspended jail sentences, Judge Shant handed both men three-month curfews and ordered them both to pay the victim £500 compensation.

Chris Hallas, for Munton, said his client works as a plumber and on the night of the assault had been drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

He said: “It was an isolated incident in which he behaved wholly out of character.

“He made a big, big, mistake.”

Steve Cobley, for Tatham, said his client was also in full-time employment and lives in stable accommodation.

He said: “He is sorry for what he did, he looks back with shame.”


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News