Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard the men had been walking through the estate around 9.30pm when they got into a row with a group of children.Lovely!
Frank O’Toole, prosecuting, said: “They were both being very abusive. One of them said he was going to rape the girls and the other was threatening to stab them.”
One of the mothers of the children then came out of her house and hit Woods over the head with a chair.
Julie Brice, mitigating, told the court the children had begun arguing with the pair and the parents had got involved after the men accused them of not being able to control them.It seems they aren’t able to control themselves, so why exactly they’d be able to control their children, heaven only knows…
She said: “The children were being abusive. Then the parents came out and one of them hit Mr Woods with a chair leg. He was hurt quite badly and had a nasty injury to his head.”I rather doubt he felt it…
The men, who were both drunk, were described by District Judge David Cooper as a “violent pair”.You must be kidding, surely?
He said: “I think they should both go to prison for threatening innocent people with violence and terrifying children like that.
“It must have been very frightening for the people living in Brooklands Estate.”
I don’t think Judge Cooper has any idea what the Brooklands Estate is like, or he wouldn’t assume that a couple of drunk men threatening a knifing would faze any of the residents. Especially the children…!
And if he thought they ‘should both go to prison’, why didn’t he send them?
Woods, a trainee sound technician, was given a restraining order and told to stay away from the Brooklands area of Colchester. He was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.If they weren’t drunk, they probably wouldn’t have ventured onto the Brooklands Estate in the first place!
Hughes was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, a supervision order, which included 80 hours of unpaid work, and a restraining order not to go to the Brooklands Estate.