Thug narrowly spared from detention after takeaway fracas

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A thug has been given a suspended detention sentence after he assaulted two workers during a fracas at a Bolsover takeaway.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard earlier this month how Richard Miller, 20, was abusive and threatening during a visit to the Bolsover Express, on Market Place, before Jack Wood, 19, assaulted the takeaway owner and a member of staff.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop had stated that an unnamed male initially came into the takeaway and paid for a pizza but swore at staff and was given his money back and left.

Mrs Allsop added that Miller came into the takeaway ten or 15 minutes later demanding to know who had smashed his little brother and he was verbally abusive.

Two more males then came in, according to Mrs Allsop, including Wood who was seen to throw items over the counter including a sign, a bin and a can.

The court heard how the can hit one of the staff in the face and the owner was hit by the sign.

Miller, of Grangewood Road, Chesterfield, and Wood, of Davian Way, Chesterfield, were shown CCTV of the incident and accepted they were involved in the incident on Friday, March 25.

Wood blamed alcohol and Miller accepted he had been aggressive towards staff without good reason.

Kirsty Sargent, defending, said Wood accepted everything seen on the CCTV. Felicity Coats, defending Miller, said he had tried to calm his friends down.

Wood pleaded guilty to committing two assaults.

He was sentenced on April 13 to 12 weeks of detention suspended for 18 months with a Resolve programme and a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and he must pay £200 compensation.

Miller pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and also admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence imposed for previous driving offences.

During a previous hearing on April 6, magistrates extended Miller’s suspended sentence by four weeks. They also imposed a further eight-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months for the threatening behaviour with 80 hours’ unpaid work. Miller was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.