Teen’s guilty plea on assaults

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A TEENAGER who punched two men in the face in separate incidents has avoided being sent to jail.

Daniel Taylor, 19, of Shaftsbury Avenue, Staining, pleaded guilty to two assaults.

Pam Smith, prosecuting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, said Taylor had punched a man several times in the face while at the Streetlife Centre on November 19 last year.

He also tried to pick up a computer and a chair in order to hit the man.

A few days later, on November 26, a man was walking in Blackpool town centre with his girlfriend when Taylor punched him, cutting his lip.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client had been provoked on both occasions.

The court heard the victim of the first assault had made an unkind comment about a woman which made Taylor snap.

The victim of the second assault had made an arrangement via Facebook with Taylor to fight each other.

Mr Colebourne said Taylor had now turned his life around.

He had a relationship with a woman, permanent accommodation and had applied for a place at college.

District Judge Huw Edwards sentenced Taylor to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He was given a six weeks curfew from 10pm to 6am, put on 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £50 compensation to each victim.

The judge also told him to pay £80 costs.

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