Argument led to fight in street

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

THREE Scarborough men have each been given a community order following a fight outside a town centre nightclub.

Ammar Erekat, 23, and his brother Qusay Zidan Erekat, 19, both of St Martin’s Road, were involved in the incident in St Thomas Street.

Their friend Rajab Faour, 33, of The Crescent, Filey, was also involved, but to a lesser extent.

All three admitted using threatening words and behaviour at the club on June 3. They also admitted failing to surrender to the court for a hearing on October 5, following a mix-up about dates.

During the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Katy Varlow told the court how a disagreement had started in the male toilets.

She said: “There was a heated conversation between four men. Qusay grabbed a man round the throat and pushed another man in the chest.”

The incident, which was caught on CCTV, continued in the street after Qusay Erekat was ejected from the club.

Mrs Varlow said: “Qusay runs towards the victim, pushing him several times and knocking him to the floor.

“Ammar is seen to run at a man and throw punches to his head area.”

Ian Brickman, representing the Erekat brothers, said: “Some of the other group were known to Qusay and there had been problems in the past.

“Bad blood had spilled over into that evening. Ammar felt his brother was being victimised and went to his aid.”

He added that the pair had been at work in a takeaway before going out and that this was “not a drink-fuelled incident”.

Caroline Wyatt, representing Faour, said her client was “the least involved of all of them”.

She said: “For most of the incident he was standing back, but did break free from the night marshals and get involved at one stage.”

Miss Wyatt added that racist remarks had been made, which had “touched a nerve”, along with derogatory comments about his family.