Trio's 'cowardly' attack during Plymouth Pavilions concert
TWO brothers and their friend punched and kicked a defenceless man in a "cowardly" attack during a concert at Plymouth Pavilions, a court heard.
The three men assaulted Jonathan Badham after he protested when one of them barged into his disabled partner in the crowd watching Katy B, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Stephen Arghyrou, Robert Jones, both aged 28, and 25-year-old Jack Jones carried on punching and kicking their victim even after he fell to the ground.
Recorder Michael Hubbard told them: "You attacked a defenceless man in a cowardly manner. It is only good fortune that he received the limited injury that he did."
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The court heard Mr Badham was left with a badly cut lip, with a soreness and tenderness to his face, but was quickly discharged from hospital.
Robert Jones, of St George's Avenue, Beacon Park, admitted maliciously wounding Mr Badham.
Arghyrou, of the same address, and Jack Jones, of Lynher Street, St Budeaux, admitted assaulting him causing actual bodily harm.
Recorder Hubbard gave the elder Jones a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He must do 150 hours unpaid work and pay Mr Badham £1,000 in compensation.
Ex-soldier Jack Jones was given a community order for a year with 80 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £500 compensation.
Arghyrou, serving with 24 Commando at Chivenor, was fined £1,000.
The judge told them: "You were within a whisker of being deprived of your liberty. If you come back here, there is a one-way door downstairs, do you understand?"
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Badham, his partner and his friend were standing watching Katy B on November 2 last year.
He added Arghyrou, coming away from the stage through the crowd, barged into Mrs Badham's partner, causing her to stumble backwards on her crutches.
Mr Gittins said Mr Badham told Robert Jones, who followed Arghyrou, to ask his friend to be careful.
He added: "Immediately, without any warning, Robert Jones punched him to the face and knocked him to the floor; as he went down he grabbed Jones's top."
Mr Gittins said Arghyrou and Jack Jones joined the attack, kicking Mr Badham around the head as he lay on the floor.
He added Robert Jones carried on punching Mr Badham, before the three disappeared into the crowd.
The court heard the elder Jones had a previous conviction for assault causing actual bodily harm in 2005.
Robert Linford, for Robert Jones, said he was "very sorry" for the assault and urged the judge to give him a "last chance".
The court heard he had been in the same job almost since leaving school and had a mortgage on his home with a long-term partner.
Deni Matthews, for Jack Jones, said the offence was "out of character".
He added Jones worked as an IT manager who had left the Army to start a young family.
Ali Rafati, for Arghyrou, said he would be demoted from his rank of Lance-Corporal.
He added he was regarded as "loyal, hard-working and dynamic".