Mark Anthony Smith, 19, of Church Lane, and Stephen Marson, 20, of Cochrane Street, attended Selby Fair on March 13 last year with the intention of attacking the boy, York Crown Court heard.Premeditation, then?
David Garnett, prosecuting, told the court Smith believed the boy had made derogatory remarks about his niece, who had died.Well, of course. Isn’t that what pretty much all underclass-on-underclass attacks seem to boil down to?
The court heard Smith and Marson had approached and confronted the victim at the fair, before Smith butted him, breaking his nose. The victim fell to the ground as Smith walked away, but was then punched by Marson, also known as Stephen Marsden, and fell to the ground again, where he was also kicked in the jaw.Nice…
The court heard both Smith and Marson had a history of violent behaviour and had each appeared at court on several occasions.Of course they had...
Please for mitigation are going to be good, eh?
John Bumfrey, for Smith, said: “This defendant has had a difficult background and is making progress and appears to be gaining a greater insight into the factors behind his offending and problematic areas of his life.”Really? After this occasion? Because all the others didn’t clue him in, did they?
Or did some hired mouthpiece make the same claims to another magistrate at those appearances too?
Kevin Blount, for Marson, said he had heard the victim say a number of hurtful things about Smith’s niece, and had heard about similar abuse on a social networking site and by word of mouth. Mr Blount also said Marson was currently undergoing an anger management programme, and was currently under a supervision order for an unrelated offence.It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
Recorder David Hatton QC said there was potential for much more serious injury in the actions of the pair, even death, but acknowledged that the behaviour of both had shown some improvement since the incident.And guess what!
Smith was given a 16-week sentence suspended for 12 months, a supervision and curfew order to be monitored by an electronic tag, and ordered to attend a 19-session thinking skills programme.*sigh*
Marson was also given a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.And that’s what you get when you assault a child in a public place. Do I hear a peep out of Childline, or any of the other advocacy groups or fakecharities?
No. Why not?
And I don't think it's just the violent scum that require that 'thinking skills' programme; the judiciary should all be signed up for it too...