A thug who shames us all

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott

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A MIDDLE-AGED couple were viciously attacked in a Scarborough street after a teenage thug rudely barged into the wife.

The couple were walking past an argument between the lout and his former partner, a court heard.

Castle street where the attacker viciously attacked a couple who were walking past him

Castle street where the attacker viciously attacked a couple who were walking past him

Joshua Scott, 18, was sent to a Young Offenders’ Institute for two years and nine months when he appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing, having admitted charges of wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 48-year-old male victim, from West Yorkshire, suffered a fractured ankle, head and face grazes and a cut ear.

His 44-year-old wife sustained an injury to the back of her head as a result of the incident in Castle Road in February.

Rob Galley, prosecuting, told the court the man’s ankle injury required the insertion of screws to fix it in place.

Despite being on the ground in pain he was further attacked by Scott who punched and kicked him in the head several times.

Scott, of Cross Street, Scarborough, also admitted common assault on his ex- partner that same evening, and he has previous convictions.

Mr Galley said the incident started when Scott and the mother of his young daughter met at a party and began arguing. They spread the row into the street and it was at this point that the couple came across the argument as they made their way home to their apartment after visiting a town centre hotel for a night out. The woman was knocked into and, when her husband demanded to know what Scott thought he was doing, he was punched to the face and knocked to the ground. As his wife tried to stop it she was pushed to the floor, striking her head on a step before seeing her husband being repeatedly kicked.

Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, said Scott, who admitted slapping his estranged partner during their argument, had not directly caused the ankle injury to the male victim.

She said it was agreed that after being punched the victim had fallen over, catching his leg on the front wheel of a parked car and cutting his ear as he then crashed against the headlight.

Miss Cranidge said her client had acted out of character when he allowed his emotions to get the better of him during the argument.

Scott’s mother and sister were present and Mrs Scott received some injuries, her son wrongly believing the man had something to do with this and, in his heightened emotional state, had turned his attentions to the two strangers.

The court was told that Scott has previous convictions from when he was a youth, including a public order offence, possession of drugs, motoring matters and making a false representation.

Scott has already served 126 days on remand in custody awaiting sentence and this time will be taken off his sentence.