First, the sentencing:
Judge John Harrow, sentencing each of the four to 10 months in a young offenders institution, described the attack as “cowardly”, He added: “The courts will do what they can to make the streets of this country safe for people going about their lawful business.
“Mr Hanson saw the four of you, who had taken on a colossal amount of drink, messing about with some clothing intended for a charity shop. He decided to say something; that took courage.
“You set upon him like a pack of wolves; fortunately he was not seriously injured. You behaved like four young thugs.”The pleas for mitigation:
Defending Alderton, Jeffrey Norrie-Miller said his client had “foolishly” kicked the charity bag, adding: “It was a bit of drunken, humorous behaviour. He is genuinely remorseful.”
In Scrimshaw’s and Gordon’s defence, their barrister stressed that they were “polite, courteous young men” when sober and the offence had been out of character.The reaction:
In Bond’s defence, the court heard that he had accepted his part in the attack from the outset. He had since “rethought his life” and his sights were now set on a teaching career.
There was uproar in the public gallery as the four were led away by officers.And now, the unwise comments following reader disgust with the outcome:
LeeThorne, bournemouth says...That, of course, brings the predicted backlash from the readership, which prompts poor intellectually-challenged Lee to open his mouth wide enough to get the other foot in too…
to be honest all the people commenting on here are PRE JUDGEING TW**s why do you believe everything the echo says? it makes people out to be monsters when there not i have sat with each and everyone one of these lads and had a drink and i know for a fact they would not just unleash on someone with out a reason to. FOR EXAMPLE the good samaritan my ****!!! proberly started it and is now looking for compo! i rekon the echo should get strong facts before judging people in there paper. you done it too lewis heath calling him a thug when all he done was protect his girlfriend and her baby at the time, your all losers, bournemouth will be better without people from the daily echo spreading there lies....
LeeThorne, bournemouth says.../facepalm
lol makes me laugh how the finger is always pointed at the youth, when most of the time its the adults who are spose to be setting examples for us. calling me a divot over a webpage? lol yeah good one bet you havent left your house in years due to the fear of being mugged by the paper boy who wears a hoody.
and the people i drink with dont cause no trouble its always you random adults who have a few to many get brave and start mouthing off at a crowd of drunken 18 - 19 year olds so what do you expect is gonna happen? there gonna stick together if your gonna insult them
Ziggy starburst, Charminster says...Amen, Ziggy, amen…
Here, have some punctuation...,,.,.,
.... You're "proberly" not helping these guys with your comments. It's a shame you weren't defending them in court. They would have got life.