Nafferton man in violent brawl

Gavel and scales

Gavel and scales

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CCTV footage showed a pair of boozy brawlers bashing each other during a late night bust-up - although they have no idea why they were fighting.

Troublemakers Daniel Gaunt and Robert Penny had been enjoying a night out on March 29 when they started fighting in the queue for Quids Inn.

Despite footage showing the rowdy scenes that spilled onto Scarborough’s streets, a Scarborough magistrates court heard how the punches thrown were so bad the only thing they did was keep onlookers warm.

Gaunt, 23, from Nafferton, and Penny, 25, of Scarborough, admitted using threatening words and behaviour.

The court heard how they had been “shouting and swinging punches” at each other – as well as how both had “violent” pasts.

Mitigating, solicitor Bob Vining said they held no grudge against each other – and they’d “had a laugh” about the melee before the hearing.

“It will be one of life’s eternal mysteries what started the fight off, and why they started throwing punches at each other,” he said in mitigation.

Jokingly speculating it could be anything from Leeds United to Britain’s stance in the EU, he added: “The only thing you can say is that the people standing nearby will have been warm as the punches were full of hot air – they were missing all the time.

“When drink is in, wit’s out, and clearly this was the case. The two of them have made a mountain out of a molehill.”

Self-employed Penny, from Westway, was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Magistrates handed Gaunt, a welder from Priestgate, a tougher sentence partially because he threw the first punch.

He was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work and was given an eight week curfew,

Both were excluded from Quids Inn for 12 months, and each ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.

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