TWO men have been fined more than £1,500 for their part in a bar brawl which ended with five people being assaulted.
Barry Scott, 28, of Castle Street, Thetford, also fled with a set of police car keys when officers tried to arrest him after the incident in the Great Eastern pub, in High Street, Brandon, on February 11.
Scott and Stephen Evans, 52, of Hill House Lane, Thetford, were at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ last Thursday to be sentenced, having pleaded guilty part way through a trial on September 19.
Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said the assault began when a fight involving the pair broke out.
It was when they were asked to leave by bar staff that Tony Walker, Kerry Howlette, Elaine Burns, Kathryn Walker and Stephen Walker were assaulted by the pair.
Punches and kicks were thrown, with Tony Walker being beaten while on the floor.
When the police arrived, Evans and Scott fled.
Evans was eventually caught and parva-sprayed by officers.
It was then that Scott took the keys to one of the officer’s carsand ran away.
Scott admitted three charges of assault by beating, one charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent and two charges of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty.
Evans pleaded guilty to one charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent, one charge of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty and four charges of assault by beating.
Lorraine Line, lead magistrate, gave Evans a one year community order, ordered him to pay compensation of £450 to his four victims and £375 to prosecution costs.
Scott must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, serve a curfew for two months, pay compensation of £350 to his three victims and £375 in costs.