Attack was seen on CCTV

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A man felt dizzy after he suffered several punches to his face in an attack in Driffield town centre on New Year’s Eve.

The man and his friend were approached by a gang of four men, two of whom committed the attack, before running off, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

But the incident had been captured on CCTV and the attackers were arrested. One of them was Jordan Brooksby, 18, of Whitings Terrace, Driffield, who works as a kitchen assistant at a pub in the town, the court heard. Brooksby, who has served time in custody as a youth, pleaded guilty to the assault and was “extremely remorseful” for his actions, said Tim Bishop, mitigating.

He said: “His partner is fearful he will go to prison. The last time he went to prison was a difficult time as she was pregnant.”

The court heard that Brooksby had “matured” in the six months since the offence and that he himself had been the victim of a serious assault in February, which had allowed him to reflect more accurately on his actions.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £50 compensation to the victim, Gareth Ellis, and to comply with a 12-month community order which includes 100 hours unpaid work.

Brooksby also pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour towards Mr Ellis and his friend, Eldon Strangeway, and was told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench, Roger Evans, pointed to Brooksby’s girlfriend who was in court, and said: “You have a stabilising influence sitting at the back of the court, and that is where you should be concentrating your efforts.”

At a separate hearing, the other man involved in the assault, which happened “outside a hotel premises” at around 10.30pm, was given 80 hours unpaid work, the court heard.

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