Fight leads to teen doing unpaid work

A TEENAGER who became involved in a fight outside a kebab shop after he saw a woman being hit was sentenced to 100 hours community punishment by a judge.

Reece West, 18, of Sleaford Road, Boston, admitted kicking the man once in the back and punching him as he lay on the floor after losing his temper during the brawl in Lumley Road, Skegness.

On Wednesday Lincoln Crown Court was told West had been acting as a peacemaker after the man was seen taking his top off and goading other customers in the queue for a fight.

Stephen Coupland, prosecuting, said West became involved in a fight with the man after the man punched a woman who was trying to calm the situation down.

CCTV footage showed the two men exchanging blows.

Mr Coupland said West was defending himself until the other man went to the floor but then went back on two occasions, throwing further punches and hitting his victim with his plimsoled foot.

West was arrested after running away from the scene and admitted what he had done when he was questioned by police.

His victim refused to co-operate with the investigation and was not named in court.

In mitigation the court was told West had never been in trouble before and was hoping to pursue a career in roofing.

West admitted affray on Saturday, August 20, this year.

He was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told him: “Initially you were acting as a peacemaker when this man was looking for a fight.”