Pair escape jail sentence after punching Mansfield McDonald’s staff

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A man and woman who attacked staff at a town centre McDonald’s have avoided being sent to prison.

Mark Timothy Spowage (54) of Alcock Avenue, Mansfield and Sophie Irene Heather Smith (22), also of Alcock Avenue, were sentenced at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court for their part in the fighting that took place in Westgate restaurant in the town.

During a previous appearance, Smith admitted attacking a female member of staff, as did Spowage, who also admitted punching the shift manager.

The magistrates during the previous hearing had said they were not ruling out custody after adjourning the case for a week.

However, Smith was given a community order for a year, told to pay £25 compensation to the female member of the McDonald’s staff and ordered to pay £85 costs.

Spowage was given a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

He was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the shift manager, £25 to the female member of staff and £85 costs.

During a previous hearing, Wayne Wallis from the Crown Prosecution Service outlined the incident which took place in the restaurant on West Gate on 5th May.

Smith and Spowage had been part of a group of friends in the restaurant in the middle of the afternoon when an argument broke out.

The shift manager, Richard Brown intervened and tried to get the group to leave, but it descended into violence as Spowage ‘threw a barrage of punches’ towards him.

He was hit twice, once 
in the eye and once in the mouth.

As staff member Cara Steele tried to step in, the court was told that she was caught with one of the blows also.

Meanwhile, Smith thrust her face towards Cara Steele as if she was trying to headbutt her and punched her in the face.

Eventually, Spowage left the restaurant but returned a short time later accompanied by a youngster.

Spowage approached Richard Brown again and said he was ‘going to knock him out’, but was dragged away by friends.

The staff said both Spowage and Smith both smelled of alcohol, and Smith was slurring her words.

In mitigation the court was told that Spowage was not used to drinking but had met up with an old friend and had gone to the pub.

He thought he had been drinking cider and did not know whisky was being added to his drink.