Yob gets prison for violence in front of children

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A 27-year-old man has been jailed for attacking a man in a public garden in front of families and children.

Kieran Cassidy flew off the handle during an argument with the man in St Nicholas Gardens.

Parents and their children witnessed the unsavoury incident in which Cassidy kicked out at the victim and spat in his face on July 27, York Crown Court heard.

Although none of the kicks made contact Judge Mr J Spencer, who was shown CCTV footage of the attack, described the incident as “disgraceful”.

The video sequence showed an otherwise idyllic summer setting in a botanical garden full of families, marred only by Cassidy’s yobbishness.

Cassidy told officers he had flipped because his brother was hanging out with people he didn’t like.

The court was told that as well as aiming kicks and punches at the victim and spitting at him, Cassidy slapped him in the face.

Cassidy claimed he was acting in self-defence.

He appeared in court on Monday last week for sentencing after admitting assault.

The court heard that Cassidy had previous convictions for battery and affray which had resulted in prison sentences. He also had convictions for possessing cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply.

Barrister Laura Addy, mitigating, said Cassidy had reacted after the victim had assaulted him.

She added, however, that Cassidy had problems with aggression. But Judge Spencer said there was no excuse for Cassidy’s behaviour in front of families.

He added: “At the height of summer, when Scarborough is entertaining all its guests that it depends upon, you carried out a terrible assault on someone. You were punching and kicking; it was ceaseless.

“All this was violence was done in public, when there were children about and other people who were visiting the area.”

Cassidy, of Hawthorn Walk, Eastfield, was sentenced to 12 months in prison.