Man sentenced for assault at 18th birthday party in Welwyn Garden City

15/02/2012

Trouble broke out after an 18th birthday party at a social club in Welwyn Garden City.

University student Courtney Harris was chased off from the Halden Club in Margery Wood after a group of youths thought he had insulted a teenage girl.

Harris, who had been arguing with the girl, said he had called her a name. It was overheard by the youths who chased him away from the club, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Harris hid behind a car, picked up a sharp object from the road, and struck one the group - Shaun Lewis. The blows caused a three to four inch wound to the right side of the face that left a permanent scar, a cut to the back of his head and two small wounds near his nose.

Prosecutor Andrew Lewis said there were "multiple blows" delivered, but the victim could not remember how many times he had been struck. "There was a slash to the side of his face and a cut above and a cut below," he said.

On Monday, 13 February 2012 Harris, now 20, of Wheatley Road, Welwyn Garden City appeared for sentence having been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm at around midnight on 29 August 2010.

Defence barrister, Jayotis Lemosu said: "There was no intention to cause harm. Courtney acted in terrifying circumstances. He was faced by a group of people chasing him."

He said Harris was a "model citizen" who is currently at university in his second year of a Computer Science course.

Recorder Elizabeth Isaacs said the facial scar on the victim was still present. She said Harris had acted "recklessly" but said it was a single, isolated incident over a short period of time.

She passed a 12-month detention and training order suspended for 2 years. He must also complete 150-hours unpaid work and pay £480 compensation at the rate of £10 a week.

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