Trio in court after night-time violence

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TWO groups of men ‘roaming the streets’ in Bury St Edmunds ended up fighting each other in the early hours of the morning, a court was told.

Two men dressed in black approached three others on the forecourt of the Toyota garage in Tayfen Road on August 28 and their confrontation was picked up on CCTV.

One of the group of three, Jonathon Mansworth, 21, armed himself with a sock filled with stones and struck one of the two men in black on the head.

Kane, O’Brien, 19, brandished a pole, Robert Sadd, prosecuting told Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday. Joanne Eley, for O’Brien, said he had been subjected to threats from one of the two men but denied using the pole to hit anyone.

Mansworth, of Northgate Street, and O’Brien, of Cumberland Avenue, pleaded guilty to affray while John Oman, 22, of Tollgate Lane, admitted threatening behaviour.

Mansworth also admitted posessing a knife in Looms Lane early on September 25 which he claimed to have for his own protection.

Judge John Devaux jailed Mansworth for 14 months, less 71 days he had already spent in custody.

O’Brien, who also admitted being in breach of a community order imposed for a previous offence, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for nine months.

Oman was made the subject of a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 120 hours of unpaid community work and pay £200 prosecution costs.

The court heard that the three had been drinking heavily.

Sentencing, Judge Devaux said: “This was casual violence by two small groups roaming the streets in the early hours of a Sunday morning.”

He noted from viewing the CCTV recording that the men in black appeared willing to engage with the others.