Four jailed for 'mindless, drunken fighting' in Gloucester Green

Judge Patrick Eccles

Judge Patrick Eccles

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A JUDGE has jailed four building contractors for “mindless, drunken fighting” in Oxford city centre.

Jack Lawrenson, Martyn Twist, Neil McManus and Rory Owens all admitted affray and assault in Gloucester Green on April 26 last year.

Nigel Ogborne, prosecuting, said the group had come to Oxford from Liverpool to do building work and were out celebrating after completing their job.

But he told Judge Patrick Eccles that an argument broke out in Kebab Kid with a man who accused McManus of being “disrespectful” towards his girlfriend.

The barrister said this led to the four men throwing punches and kicks at Mykyta Vydaiko and Vardan Sarkisyan in a brawl that spilled out outside.

Mr Ogborne said the two victims were pursued and one ran inside Cote Brasserie, in George Street, which prompted the defendants to repeatedly kick the door.

McManus, 36, from Bootle, and Twist, 32, of Knowsley, admitted causing actual bodily harm to Mr Sarkisyan, who suffered facial injuries and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

McManus and Lawrenson, 24, of Liverpool, admitted causing £460.46 of criminal damage to the restaurant door.

And all four men including Owens, 23, of Bootle, admitted assaulting Mr Vydaiko by beating.

Judge Eccles said he appreciated that all four had no previous convictions and wished they could “turn the clock back”.

But he told them the courts could not tolerate “mindless, drunken fighting in town centres such as Oxford”.

He sentenced them all to immediate prison sentences, with McManus receiving six months, Twist getting four months, and both Lawrenson and Owen receiving three months.

All four will have to pay £80 victims’ surcharges.

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12:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I bet they all wish they'd been dealing drugs, or shoplifting, would've got away with fines..........
........the Judicial system in Oxfordshire is a joke.
I bet they all wish they'd been dealing drugs, or shoplifting, would've got away with fines.......... ........the Judicial system in Oxfordshire is a joke. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -3

1:28pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Yes, if they'd hit someone in a car whilst carelessly driving, they'd be on the motorway already driving back to Scouserland.
Yes, if they'd hit someone in a car whilst carelessly driving, they'd be on the motorway already driving back to Scouserland. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Mon 28 Apr 14

justicesucks says...

No wonder this country is skint (supposedly) 4 working lads sent to jail for a 1st offence Joke, a community sentence would have sufficed
No wonder this country is skint (supposedly) 4 working lads sent to jail for a 1st offence Joke, a community sentence would have sufficed justicesucks
  • Score: -14

2:05pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Whitto says...

So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent?

I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is....

Fully deserved - should have been longer.
So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent? I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is.... Fully deserved - should have been longer. Whitto
  • Score: 18

6:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Whitto wrote:
So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent?

I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is....

Fully deserved - should have been longer.
Not at all, they were all drunk, things got out of hand, it happens.....
.......there can be no excuse for drug dealing though, but the dealers invariably get away with a fine and community service, but they're the ones that should be jailed, they destroy people's lives, they don't merely scare them or give them a beating
[quote][p][bold]Whitto[/bold] wrote: So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent? I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is.... Fully deserved - should have been longer.[/p][/quote]Not at all, they were all drunk, things got out of hand, it happens..... .......there can be no excuse for drug dealing though, but the dealers invariably get away with a fine and community service, but they're the ones that should be jailed, they destroy people's lives, they don't merely scare them or give them a beating Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Hannahx says...

I think this is a utter disgrace 4 hard working lads that will now come home too no job!! (So they will have to go onto job seekers for the government and tax payers footing the bill to keep them in prison)
When they weren't the ones who throw the first punch !!! So get the facts right the only reason they have gone to prison is because they are from
LIVERPOOL!!
What have the other men been served with??? NOTHING !!!
They could of had a lighter sentence having a criminal record is bad enough for a scuffle in the street. THAT THEY DID NOT START!!!!!
I think this is a utter disgrace 4 hard working lads that will now come home too no job!! (So they will have to go onto job seekers for the government and tax payers footing the bill to keep them in prison) When they weren't the ones who throw the first punch !!! So get the facts right the only reason they have gone to prison is because they are from LIVERPOOL!! What have the other men been served with??? NOTHING !!! They could of had a lighter sentence having a criminal record is bad enough for a scuffle in the street. THAT THEY DID NOT START!!!!! Hannahx
  • Score: -7

9:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Cheryl_ says...

Whitto wrote:
So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent?

I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is....

Fully deserved - should have been longer.
Did they start the fight??? Did they throw the 1st punch?? NO!!! How can it be fully deserved when the two men who you describe as running away scared, where the same two men who started the fight!! Is it right that they didn't get punished?? The Justice system is a JOKE!!! These 4 hard working lads have families at home! Never been in trouble before! A fight that they did not start got out of hand and you say they deserve Prison?? Utter Disgrace!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Whitto[/bold] wrote: So it's ok for 4 blokes to chase 2 others down the street, attack them and scare the crap out of people in the street and eating in a restaurent? I imagine if they weren't given a prison term then you would be on here maoning about how weak the system is.... Fully deserved - should have been longer.[/p][/quote]Did they start the fight??? Did they throw the 1st punch?? NO!!! How can it be fully deserved when the two men who you describe as running away scared, where the same two men who started the fight!! Is it right that they didn't get punished?? The Justice system is a JOKE!!! These 4 hard working lads have families at home! Never been in trouble before! A fight that they did not start got out of hand and you say they deserve Prison?? Utter Disgrace!!!!!! Cheryl_
  • Score: 3

10:34pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Hannahx says...

Couldn't of put that better myself Cheryl
Couldn't of put that better myself Cheryl Hannahx
  • Score: 2

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