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Nathan Grimshaw jailed for attacks
A lager lout wept in the dock as he was jailed for breaking a soldier’s jaw and beating up a second man in York city centre.
IT worker Nathan Grimshaw assured the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, he would not be in trouble again as he received a 12-month suspended sentence for punching serviceman Liam McHugh near Carlton when high on alcohol and the party drug m-Cat.
But Judge Shaun Spencer QC heard from Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, how within 12 months of that court appearance Grimshaw punched a stranger in the back on the head after his friend Ryan Proctor had put him to the ground in an unprovoked attack.
Mrs Wheatley said: “Grimshaw took advantage of the fact the defendant was on the floor.”
Both attackers had then chased their victim and swung punches at him in view of a policeman in Nessgate, York.
Judge Spencer made Grimshaw serve six months of the 12-month suspended sentence, concurrently with 28 days for assaulting the stranger in York on April 27, 2013.
Grimshaw, 20, of Lidgate, East Cowick, near Selby, had been due to stand trial before York magistrates, but pleaded guilty to assaulting the stranger at the last minute.
The magistrates committed him to York Crown Court after hearing that the offence breached the suspended sentence imposed for causing grievous bodily harm to Mr McHugh on July 7, 2011.
Mrs Wheatley said the stranger was walking down Nessgate towards a nightclub at 11.45pm when Grimshaw barged into him, causing him to stumble backwards.
When the stranger asked why he did that, Proctor pushed and punched him to the ground in an alleyway where Grimshaw joined in. The stranger suffered minor injuries.
For Grimshaw, Alex Menary said the had been acting as peacemaker and had thrown a single punch to break up a fight between the stranger and his friend Proctor.
He was a hard-working person who realised he needed to curb his drinking.
Since receiving the suspended sentence, he had paid £1,250 compensation to Mr McHugh, who had been a friend of his, and done 250 hours’ unpaid work as ordered by Judge Ashurst.
• Proctor, 20, of Millfield Drive, Camblesforth, pleaded guilty to assault and York magistrates ordered him to do 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay £50 compensation.