Soldier avoids losing career after affray

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH soldier risked losing his distinguished Army career when he appeared before a court.

However, Shaun Fox’s position with the Green Howards was saved when, on the day he was due to fly out to Cyprus to ready himself for a third tour of Afghanistan, he pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

York Crown Court heard that Fox, 22, who in six years had served in Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Afghanistan, had been on leave when he became involved in an incident in Scarborough town centre.

During the trouble one man was punched and kicked, suffering a broken front tooth, and another hit in the face.

Appearing in court with Fox, of Rowan Close, was his 20-year-old brother, Adam, who also admitted the affray charge.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told how on July 22 last year, the brothers had been in one group when they came across another, a row between a male and female then leading the a fight which led to Craig Sellers and Jason McKenzie being injured.

Glenn Parsons, for Shaun Fox, said that his client was emotional over the fact that his career could be over, having told the police that he realised that his actions in Scarborough that night had not been justified and that he had “gone over the top”.

Mr Parsons added that his client knew that he would be further punished by the Army.

Adam Fox, who has 17 previous convictions for 30 offences on his record, was said by Taryn Turner, mitigating, to have tried his best to put his past behind him.

She said that her client had moved from Scarborough to his mother’s home in Pottery Lane, York, in an attempt to get away from his past life, but, in March last year, had gone back to meet up with his brother who had returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Adam Fox described the attack to the police as “absolutely atrocious and stupid”.

He added: “I should have learned my lesson by now”.

Shaun Fox was fined £750 and ordered to pay £250 compensation to each of the two victims - a sentence which will allow him to stay in the Army.

Unemployed Adam Fox was placed under a 12 month community order with a requirement that he complete 80 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £100 towards the cost of his prosecution.