Assault shame of Carnage boss

Judge Jeff Brailsford
Judge Jeff Brailsford
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THE former boss of a notorious student party night has walked free from court for a second time after he punched a man 40 years his junior unconscious.

Ryan Hilton – the ex-national organiser of Carnage UK – which stages alcohol-fuelled pub crawls and club nights was spared jail thanks to the intervention of his 62-year-old victim Martin Roberts.

Instead Hilton had his six-month jail term suspended and was told to do unpaid work for the community and pay Mr Roberts £1,500 compensation.

But Blackpool magistrates heard yesterday Mr Roberts from Bangor, North Wales, who was assaulted during a Carnage UK event for undergraduates in the town had not received any money.

At the original hearing before District Judge Miriam Shelby in Llandudno, the judge said she would have jailed Hilton for his knockout blow and foul mouthed abuse had it not been for the intervention of Mr Roberts who suggested a better punishment would be cleaning up as the mess made by Carnage UK events.

Judge Shelby branded Hilton’s company as having an unsavoury name making commercial profit from mass pub crawls in university towns.

Hilton punched Mr Roberts, a former commercial diver, as he walked home from a choral event.

He had approached Hilton to seek reassurance he would get a good night’s sleep as his home was located near to a number of student venues.

But 6ft 4in Hilton responded with a foul-mouthed outburst and punched the older man on the chin with such force that he fell to the ground, banged his head and fell unconscious.

Hilton, of King Street, Blackpool, appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford to answer the allegation he had not paid compensation.

Hilton was handed another suspended jail term – this time for 45 days.

He will be jailed if he does not pay Mr Roberts.

The judge told him: “I’m aware of the history of this case and how you abandoned your appeal against its decision at the last minute.

“But yet not a penny has been paid to Mr Roberts and I find this culpable neglect because you had money and chose not to pay it over.”

Judge Brailsford told Hilton to make an immediate payment of £50, a further £250 in seven days and the £200 a month until the balance is cleared.

The judge rejected Hilton’s offer of £40 a month.

Hilton’s lawyer Martin Hillson told the judge: “After the assault case my client lost his job with Carnage UK and as a security officer.”

The Carnage UK events have prompted criticism around the country after students were revealed to trying eye-ball drinking in which they pour alcohol into their own eyes.

An event in Blackpool was effectively kicked out of town when council chiefs raised objections and many town centre bars said Carnage revellers were not welcome.