Brighton teenagers sentenced over unprovoked assault
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Two teenagers have been sentenced for an unprovoked attack on a Brighton and Hove City Council worker that left him with serious injuries.
The local man, who is in his 50s, was approached by three girls in Palace Place shortly before 6am on Thursday, September 16th.
CCTV footage showed the victim being pursued into Castle Square as one of the girls swung punches, causing him to fall to the ground. He was then further assaulted by kicks to the body and head, before members of the public stepped in to help.
All three suspects were arrested by police nearby shortly after, based on descriptions given by witnesses.
Two of them – 15 and 16-year-old girls from Brighton and Crawley respectively – were charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The 16-year-old was also charged with assaulting a police officer.
They cannot be named due to their young ages.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (January 5), the 15-year-old girl was sentenced to 12 months in prison, to run concurrently with a four-month sentence currently being served for a separate assault.
The 16-year-old was given a 12-month youth offending order and remanded into the care of social services.
Detective Constable Victoria Thornton-Green said: “This was a violent, unprovoked attack that left the victim with serious injuries.
“As a force we remain committed to tackling youth violence in Sussex, through convictions such as these and by working with our partners in the community to tackle the root causes of this behaviour.
“We would also like to thank the victim, his family and the witnesses who supported our investigation and helped bring these perpetrators to justice.”