City brawl men are spared jail

Recorder Patrick Hamlin

Recorder Patrick Hamlin

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

A RECORDER has spared five young men jail following a “disgraceful” outbreak of violence in Oxford’s Gloucester Green.

The group all pleaded guilty to violent disorder on October 13, 2012, following a brawl in the city centre square at just after 4am.

Alan Blake, prosecuting, said it was still unclear why the fight began, but CCTV had captured a group of four Libyan men taking off their belts to use as weapons.

He told Recorder Patrick Hamlin that it appeared from the footage this group started the trouble, but around 15 people became involved on the “English-speaking” side.

Among them were 21-year-old Jake Steele, 22-year-old Jason Harper, 21-year-old Connor Joyce, 20-year-old Jordan Welch-Hayes, and 20-year-old Timothy Jackson. He said CCTV caught the five defendants gathering around complainant Abu Qaisa and attacking him as he lay “utterly defenceless” on the ground.

Mr Blake said the Libyan man suffered a skull fracture at some point during the brawl, but had now fully recovered and left the country.

Recorder Hamlin said the men’s behaviour had been “near feral” and he would be entirely justified sending all five to prison - but would give them a second chance.

He told them: “The behaviour and the violence of that evening was quite disgraceful, it must have caused great concern to residents and kiosk holders alike.”

Harper, of Daimler Avenue, Oxford, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, with 250 hours of unpaid work, £400 compensation and a £100 victims’ surcharge.

Welch-Hayes, 19, of Ulfgar Road, Oxford, received the same sentence as Harper.

Jackson, of Ramsay Road, Headington, was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, with 125 hours of unpaid work, £200 compensation and a £100 victims’ surcharge.

Joyce, of Ryder Close, Oxford, received the same sentence as Jackson.

Steele, of Jordan Hill Road, Oxford, was given the same sentence as Jackson, but will be under supervision for 12 months with a managing alcohol-related aggression course instead of unpaid work.

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3:31pm Mon 5 May 14

shippondame says...

This is why my wife and daughter no longer visit Oxford during the evening.
This is why my wife and daughter no longer visit Oxford during the evening. shippondame
  • Score: 10

4:55pm Mon 5 May 14

H.J.Harris says...

I would like to see the OM do a follow up piece to let us know whether or not these fortunate young men actually do the unpaid work part of the sentence.
I would like to see the OM do a follow up piece to let us know whether or not these fortunate young men actually do the unpaid work part of the sentence. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 9

9:02pm Mon 5 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

And yet the other day others were sent for their first offence for something less than this, depends on what do gooder judge you get.
And yet the other day others were sent for their first offence for something less than this, depends on what do gooder judge you get. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 3

9:27am Tue 6 May 14

John Lamb says...

Do these soft judges not realise that with police numbers so low, for every offence these violent types are caught for, they get away with many, mnay more?
These five must have looked a sight leaving the court with their freshly slapped wrists.
Pathetic sentences.
Do these soft judges not realise that with police numbers so low, for every offence these violent types are caught for, they get away with many, mnay more? These five must have looked a sight leaving the court with their freshly slapped wrists. Pathetic sentences. John Lamb
  • Score: 5

2:21pm Tue 6 May 14

livid99 says...

They should be sent to Libya to do their unpaid work, with a tattoo on their thick heads saying exactly what they did to a Libyan man which resulted in this community work.
They should be sent to Libya to do their unpaid work, with a tattoo on their thick heads saying exactly what they did to a Libyan man which resulted in this community work. livid99
  • Score: 1

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