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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Attacker to use birthday money to compensate victims

A young man has pledged to use his 18th birthday money to pay out almost £600 in compensation.

Jack Airey, of Wordsworth Street, Penrith, admitted three charges at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court including assaulting Philip Bamber by beating, damaging a police car, and obstructing police.

The court heard how the teenager had attacked Mr Bamber outside the Warehouse in Penrith in the early hours of December 7, punching him in the base of his neck.

Two police officers saw what was happening and immediately intervened but, District Judge Gerald Chalk was told, Airey resisted arrest.

While shouting and swearing at officers, Airey was kicking and lashing out, knocking the wing mirror off a police car.

Police eventually used pepper spray to subdue him.

Gail Heard, defending, told how Airey – an apprentice brick-layer – had almost no recollection of the incident, which had so affected him that he had been out “only once or twice” since it happened.

“He deeply regrets his behaviour,” she said. “It is something he feels very ashamed about. He has, I think, learned a bit of a lesson from this.

“He’d had far too much to drink, although he appreciates wholeheartedly that is no excuse.”

Miss Heard said her client had no previous convictions and had been honest with his employers about his court appearance.

She continued: “[Mr Airey] is on a low wage but has some savings: a lot of the savings come from money from his 18th birthday. He intends to use his savings to pay off the compensation.”

Sentencing him, Mr Chalk said: “I suspect you had far too much to drink: most of us enjoy a drink, but when you start doing stupid things because you have had too much to drink that isn’t clever, is it?”

He imposed an eight-week curfew which restricts Airey to his home between 8pm and 6am.

Airey was also ordered to pay £466.95 compensation to police and £100 compensation to Mr Bamber.

He was given 28 days to pay, but no further costs were imposed because of the “high compensation”.

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