Teenager from Beck Row is imprisoned after unprovoked attack

Newmarket Journal JUNE 2012''De Niros Nightclub.
Newmarket Journal JUNE 2012''De Niros Nightclub.

A Beck Row teenager has been locked up after violence flared inside a nightclub.

Kayarno Curtis, 18, continued to punch his victim as he lay unconscious on the nightclub’s dance floor.

Today Curtis was sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offenders Institution, at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to an offence of assault causing actual bodily harm on March 30.

The court heard that without any apparent reason Curtis launched an attack on 23-year-old Sarunas Viciulis inside De Niros in Newmarket.

Witnesses described how Mr Viliulis was knocked unconscious by Curtis who continued to hit him as he lay on the ground said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

Bouncers intervened and detained Curtis and another man who is due to appear before magistrates later this week.

Mr Viciulis suffered facial swelling, a cut to his face and the loss of a front tooth.

The court heard that Curtis, who has spent six weeks in custody awaiting sentencing, had previous convictions for battery, obstructing police and possession of an offensive weapon.

In mitigation, Hugh Vass said Curtis had been aged 17 at the time of the offence and the time spent on remand in Norwich Prison had been a sobering experience.

Curtis had expressed genuine remorse but had limited recollection about what happened inside the nightclub because he had been drinking, said Mr Vass.

Mr Vass said: “He is not a cocky young man. He has had the benefit of a lot of love from his family. That family is still standing by him. The prognosis for his future is more positive for him than in some cases of this kind.”

Sentencing him, Mr Recorder Ian Glen told Curtis: “For a young man you have a bad record. This is a bad case of actual bodily harm.”

Mr Recorder Glen said: “You assaulted a complete stranger by punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground.

“It is the sort of thing that is sickening to witnesses and frightening to other people.”