Three men took part in a gang attack on two Asian men they did not like talking to a girl in Bridlington – marching them off for a beating.
Jason Ayrton, 41, Joseph Nevison, 29, and James Collinson, 34, at first threatened the men and then decided to march them away from Bridlington Lifeboat Station where they rained punches and kicks outside the coverage of CCTV. They told them: “Get out of town.”
The two men had been visiting Bridlington on a day trip on May 16 and did not know their Bridlington attackers. They needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises and one was X-rayed for a suspected fracture to the nose.
Jason Ayrton, of Cleeton Way, Joseph Nevison, of Easton Road, and James Collinson, of Hilda Street, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court.
Crown barrister Giles Grant said the brothers had no idea why they were attacked. In one witness statement the victim described being marched from South Marine Drive before curling up in a ball as he was kicked. He said he heard his brother shout and told him to curl up and protect his face with his arms. He said the violence lasted 30 seconds.
The court heard all three of the men had convictions for violent offending. Ayrton was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to 12 months in prison for terrorising a young mother sat in bed feeding her nine-day-old baby in Bridlington.
Defence barrister Paul Norton said Ayrton, a fisherman, had the support of his wife, but was tired of going to prison and missing his family growing up. His latest pre-sentence report showed he had changed in his attitude and had a chance to curb his drinking.
Representing James Collinson, Mr Norton said he had suffered the death of his father at sea, but had studied for his masters certificates. He said Collinson provided for his family and he did not have a conviction for violence in the last seven years.
The court heard the men’s previous convictions affected sentence. Collinson has 17 previous convictions include assault, battery and causing actual bodily harm. Ayrton has 26 previous convictions including affray, causing actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer. Nevison has 13 previous convictions, but only two for causing actual bodily harm. The last was 10 years ago. Barrister Stephen Robinson for Nevison said the father of two begun to turn his back on trouble as a young fisherman in Bridlington and become a construction worker. He said Nevison had excellent references and had expressed remorse. It was in my judgment a disgraceful incident,” said Recorder David Osborne. “There was some build up, but it is clear you did not know these two brothers. The offence was pre-meditated in my view. The fact they were marched off shows a sinister element. They could have received really serious injuries.”
He said he had no choice but to sentence Mr Collinson to 16 months in custody and Mr Ayrton to 12 months. He said Nevison’s lack of previous convictions means he could suspend his 12-month prison sentence. He gave him a three-month curfew from 9pm to 6am and ordered him to pay £100 to each of his victims.
A man was arrested on suspicion of contempt of court after being spotted filming Ayrton, Nevison and Collinson in the dock of the court during their sentencing hearing. The man had an iPhone pointed at the trio during the opening of the prosecution case. He was challenged by a court usher not to film. He was then reported to the police and arrested outside of Hull Crown Court and taken to a police station for questioning.