Drunken lout jailed after Nelson bus station attack
7:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
ONE of a gang of drunken louts who went on a 'mindless rampage' around Nelson bus station, has been jailed for eight months.
Burnley Crown Court heard how a 14-year-old schoolboy was terrorised, a taxi driver was assaulted, a bus station supervisor was attacked in front of a mum with a pushchair and a bystander, who was calling police, was put in a headlock by Damien Geddes, 23, and ended up struggling to breathe.
Geddes then attacked him. Three of the victims were racially abused.
Geddes, his accomplice Antonia Shepherd, 22, and a youth had struck after an hours-long drinking session, picking out random victims.
Shepherd and Geddes couldn't remember much of what happened, but their actions were caught on CCTV, which was played to a judge.
Geddes, of Charles Street, and Shepherd, of Highfield Crescent, both Nelson, admitted affray on January 30.
Judge Beverley Lunt said their behaviour had been bizarre and mindless.
Shepherd was spared custody and received six months in prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months' supervision.
A teenager has already been dealt with by another court.
Robert Golinski, prosecuting, said the 14-year-old was on his way home from school and was near the Station Hotel, when he was racially abused and intimidated. The frightened teenager ran into a subway, chased by all three gang members, who caught up with him. He was pushed to the ground, kicked in the mouth, and punched while on his hands and knees. Shepherd didn't take part. The victim finally managed to run away, with his nose bleeding and a swollen lip.
The gang then got into a taxi and pulled the driver's hair, his Bluetooth ripped from his ear and he was racially abused. He told the gang he wasn't taking them anywhere, all got out and an abusive row followed.
Mr Golinski said the bus station supervisor came out, pointed out the CCTV and said he would call police if the group didn't behave. He was punched, knocked to the ground and was kicked and hit by the defendants.
A man inside the bus station who tried to call police was dragged to the floor and attacked by Geddes, who had a record for robbery, violence and drugs.
Judge Lunt slammed the defendants' conduct as a mindless rampage and said the victims were completely random.
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