Man, 20, behind bars after appalling attack

Boleyns Car Park 140811
Boleyns Car Park 140811

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in a young offenders’ institution after an “appalling” attack near a Scarborough nightclub.

Matthew Witty, of Valley Road, Scarborough, was said to have consumed drink and drugs before attacking another man in the car park near Boleyns nightclub in the early hours of November 23 of last year.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard the attack, which was captured on CCTV, happened after an altercation inside the club between Witty and the victim which resulted in both of them being kicked out.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said Witty was in a group, but was the only attacker.

She said CCTV showed the victim, before the attack, hiding behind a car trying to phone someone, but that he couldn’t get through.

She added: “It is a ferocious attack. The defendant is kneeling on the victim’s arms and delivering repeated punches.

“Later he is seen vomiting in the street as a result of the ferocity and energy exerted in the attack.”

The court heard Witty also kicked the victim, who appeared “woozy” and had blood on his face when he was found by police, but he did not wish to cooperate with them.

Officers interviewed Witty who admitted being angry and said the victim had pushed him when inside the nightclub.

The court heard that Witty, who was unemployed, had been diagnosed with the behavioural problem ADHD aged six.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said Witty regretted the attack. He said: “His inhibition was relaxed by the drink and drugs he had consumed. It was a most unpleasant incident.”

Urging the magistrates not to send him into custody, he said: “He needs help with binge drinking and help to control his anger. There is a lot to be said for putting him to work to put something back into the community.”

But chairman of the bench Deborah McInerny said: “This was an appalling attack and we feel that only immediate custody is appropriate.”