Judge warns teen over loutish assault

A TEENAGER has been described in court as a “drunken oaf” after a “loutish and unprovoked” assault in Scarborough town centre.

Sam Foy, 18, of Candler Street, appeared before Scarborough magistrates for sentencing having pleaded guilty to charges of assault by beating, and using threatening words and behaviour.

The court was told Foy punched two men in the face in the early hours of morning on April 16 after a drinking “binge”.

Both incidents were captured on CCTV, which was shown to the magistrates during the hearing.

Sarah White, prosecuting, said; “This occurred at around 3.10am when Mr Foy was captured on CCTV.

“He is seen in an unprovoked assault on a gentleman sitting on a bench in Newborough.

“Mr Foy punches him in the face while he is just sitting there. Mr Foy was seen to light a cigarette and attempts to punch him again.

“The male avoids that second punch and he is seen walking away from the scene. No complainant has come forward but it is a matter captured on the cameras. The CCTV follows him and captured a second incident involving Mr Foy.

“A man was walking from Boleyn’s nightclub to Vivaz when he met with Mr Foy walking in the other direction. As they pass Mr Foy without warning punches him directly in the face. The complainant received a bleeding nose and split lip which required four stitches.

“Mr Foy was arrested in result of the matters due to the CCTV following his whereabouts.”

Mitigating, Franklyn Garvey agreed it was a serious incident, which was not lost of Foy.

He said; “This incident can be summarised as this was a display of loutish behaviour by a drunken oaf which was totally inexcusable, a matter which is fully accepted by the defendant. He is disgusted at himself.

“He had been out on a binge and drinking to excess, and has little if any recollection of what happened.

“He has tried to turn himself around. He now has a job and is absolutely very well supported by his family.”

After reading a report on Foy compiled by the Probation Service magistrates sentenced him to supervision for two years, with 250 hours unpaid work. Foy was also ordered to pay £402 compensation and £85 costs.

On sentencing Foy, the chair of the bench said: “This is very serious, though the report we have ready about you is excellent and we are willing to go along with the recommendations.

“I have got to tell you that you are nearly at a last chance. If you breach your sentence there is a very high risk you will get custody.

“The answer is in your hands. I am hoping we will not see you here again.”