Two thugs who helped to beat up an innocent man on the street in Doncaster have narrowly escaped custody.
Jake Skinner, aged 21, and Liam Hall, 17, were among a group of five men who attacked Charles Rushton with a golf club, leaving him with injuries including a black eye and a chipped tooth.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Rushton was outside his home in Millfield Road, Thorne, with his girlfriend last May 31, when he saw Skinner, who he knew, on the street.
Andrew Smith, prosecuting, said Skinner shouted out, ‘What are you staring at?’ but Mr Rushton wanted to avoid a confrontation and continued walking.
Around 15 minutes later, a gang of five youths was caught on CCTV throwing stones and breaking a window at Mr Rushton’s home.
He was alerted by his grandfather and returned to the street where he was attacked by the yobs.
Mr Smith said one thug used a golf club to hit Mr Rushton who was then kicked and punched as he lay on the ground.
Mr Rushton suffered a chipped tooth, black eye and cuts and bruises and spent the night in hospital.
Since the attack he has suffered from nightmares, agitation and nerves, Mr Smith added.
Skinner, of Willow Crescent, and Hall, of Millfield Road, both in Thorne, Doncaster, each admitted affray.
Judge Ray Singh gave Skinner a 12-month supervision order and Hall a 12-month youth rehabilitation order.
He told them: “The courts take a very serious view of this type of public disorder.”
Both were also given curfew orders and told they must stay indoors between 9pm and 6am every day for four months.