Burnley centre gang attack: man in court

Burnley Magistrates' Court.
Burnley Magistrates' Court.

A Padiham man who kicked, punched and stamped on a victim in early morning trouble in Burnley town centre, has been spared jail.

Burnley magistrates were told how Ryan Tyler Little (20) delivered many blows to the victim in the 7-30am trouble, on April 4th.

The “high level violence” involving two groups was caught on CCTV.

The hearing was told the assailants had carried on even after an off-duty police sergeant tried to stop them. Little claimed he was acting in self defence, but went too far.

Little, of Lancaster Drive, Padiham, admitted affray. He received 18 weeks in custody, suspended for two years, with a 16-week curfew, seven days a week, between 8pm and 6am.

The Bench, who said the attack was sustained, but there was provocation, ordered him to pay £120 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Little was the third defendant to appear in court over the incident. On May 7th, Tom Ireland (21), of Wynotham Street, Burnley, had admitted affray and had also been given 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. A teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was earlier given a three month referral order by the youth court.

The magistrates were told how police were called to a fight between two groups. A large number of people were congregating at the back of the former Lava Ignite nightclub.

The victim of the assault was seen to throw a punch towards a defendant and that led to pushing and shoving. The victim was chased down Hammerton Street and ended up on the ground, with five or six men punching and kicking him and stamping on his head.

Nick Cassidy (defending) said he had a number of significant issues, had received mental health treatment, suffered from ADHD and had previously been a victim of bullying.