Three avoid prison for 'unprovoked attack'

THREE MEN from Weston have avoided prison for an attack on two night club revellers

THREE men have avoided prison after launching an unprovoked’ attack during a night out in Weston town centre.

Paul Middle, Andrew Hucker and Luke Gore, all aged 20, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on September 14.

They attacked Peter Buxton and Robert Cottis on April 18, after a confrontation in Club Vision, Weston.

The victims were approached as they left the club, which resulted in Mr Buxton and Mr Cottis being punched and kicked.

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Mr Buxton was kicked in the face when he was pushed to the ground.

The victims eventually managed to escape and the three defendants began congratulating themselves. The incident was captured on CCTV and the footage was shown to the magistrates.

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Edmond Gomez, prosecuting, described the incident as an aggravated and unprovoked attack’, which left Mr Buxton with facial scarring.

Mr Cottis suffered lacerations to his head, neck, shoulder, elbow, thumb, buttocks and lower legs.

John Weatherall, defending, said Gore fully accepted his responsibility as the main instigator of the attack, but has had an alcohol problem in the past.

He said: “I am concerned that without any outside help Mr Gore will find himself in a cycle of going in and out of prison.”

All three men were given four month curfews and ordered to pay Mr Cottis £62 compensation.

Hucker, of Dunster Crescent, also received a six-month community sentence.

Middle, also of Dunster Crescent, was given an additional suspended sentence of two months for 12 months and ordered to pay Mr Buxton £62 compensation.

Gore, of Palmer Street, was given a suspended sentence of four months for two years and a supervision requirement of two years. He was ordered to pay Mr Buxton £450 compensation.

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