A man was kicked so hard he was left with a vivid shoe print on his face.And their mouthpiece had a sterling excuse for leniency:
John Alderton was punched to the ground and repeatedly kicked after he told two men he had not got 40p for a phone call.
Tony Loder, defending Lee, said: “He is full of remorse for what he did and accepts his behaviour was totally out of order.Well, theier website does say that 'Everyone has it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer' but I don't think that's quite what people imagined...
“He was remanded in custody as a result of the offence and has been working hard in prison in an effort to put this behind him.
“He has been accepted as a listener with the Samaritans and is helping other young prisoners with their problems.”
Richard Barton, defending Lane, said: “This is not a violent young man but he accepts joining in the attack after it had started.I suspect it won't be his last. I also suspect it's not his first. Merely the first he was caught doing.
“This is his first conviction and he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
The judge was only half swayed by this:
Judge Richard Hayward told Lee: “You have had problems in your life but that cannot be an excuse for gratuitous violence on a total stranger.Which I suppose is better than nothing. But not much.
“Mr Alderton was left with the imprint of your trainer on his face and he was shocked and distressed by what happened to him.
“Only a prison sentence is appropriate to punish you, to mark public disapproval of those who use such violence and to try to deter others.”
Lee, who has previous convictions, was jailed for 18 months and Lane was given a 52-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
Let's hope the next person walking through Brighton late and night is Judge Richard Hayward. And that he doesn't have any change on him...