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Pair jailed for late night street brawl
6:30am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
TWO men have been jailed after a brawl in Southend which left a victim with a fractured eye socket.
Both Massimo Mohammed, 26, and James Harty, 24, were each given an eight-month sentenced after the incident, outside the Element nightclub, Alexander Street, on June 16 last year.
Basildon Crown Court heard yesterday the pair carried out a “sustained attack” on their two victims, knocking them to the ground and then stamping on their heads.
The fight broke out at 4am after a group including Mohammed and Harty began verbally abusing a woman as she stood on her own outside the nightclub.
Their first victim, Mr Reading, crossed the road and asked the group to leave her alone.
As he did, one of the group struck him on the cheek and then knocked him to the ground.
The court was played CCTV of the incident, which showed Mohammed and Harty punching and stamping on the man as he lay curled up.
When another man tried to intervene he was also attacked by the gang and left with a fractured eye socket.
Mr Reading suffered cuts and bruising to his face.
Following the attack, the gang fled in a friend’s car, which was later identified by CCTV operators and the group were arrested.
Sentencing Mohammed, of Park Avenue, East Ham, and Harty, of Parry Avenue, Becton, Judge John Lodge said Mr Reading was lucky to escape with just minor injuries.
In mitigation, Mohammed told the court he did not see the fight start and thought he was stepping in to help defend his friend.
He said Mr Reading did not suffer more serious injuries because his punches and kicks were “half hearted”.
Judge Lodge rejected his comment and said: “The reason Mr Reading’s injuries were not serious are a reason of good fortune rather than anything else.
“This was a sustained and repeated attack on your victim.
“I reject any submission that your involvement in this attack was half hearted.”
The pair were told they must spend half their sentence in custody and the rest in the community.