Trio avoid jail after brutal attack in Lincoln
Three men involved in a late attack on Lincoln High Street have avoided a jail sentence because of delays in bringing the case to court.
The defendants, Ryan Grant, Logan Watt and Haydn Havard, were all 18 at the time of the incident on September 18, 2018.
They are alleged to have turned on their victim, Joseph Carter, punching and kicking him until he lay motionless on the ground.
All three admitted charges of affray and assault and actual bodily harm.
Judge John Pini QC spared each of them an immediate prison sentence when they appeared before Lincoln Crown Court.
“It is quite wrong that things should take this long to come to court.
“If this case had come before me as it should have and more quickly you would be going to custody.
“This case has taken one month short of two years to get here and that is far too long.”
Judge Pini said that in the interim two years all three of the defendants had matured.
Havard had completed a jail sentence imposed for another unrelated violent offence.
Ryan Grant and Logan Watt, now both 20-years-old, were each given a 12 month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.
Haydn Havard, also now 20, was given a six month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 150 hours of unpaid work.
The judge said his sentence was different because unlike Grant and Watt, he was not of good character.
Each of the three men was ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Carter to cover the cost of his medical treatment.
Mr Carter suffered a broken tooth, a black eye, bruising to his upper left arm, grazing to his lower back and an open wound to his torso.