Two soldiers have escaped being kicked out of the army after they were in a bar room brawl in Bridlington’s Telegraph pub.
Brothers Lloyd and Aaron Wheeldon, aged 19 and 24, of Cranbeck Close in the town, appeared at East Riding Magistrates’ Court on charges of assault by beating.
Their friend Joshua Samanjoul, 22, also of Cranbeck Close, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he broke a man’s nose in a separate incident following the brawl last new year’s eve.
Defending all three men, Ed Cunnah said the incident started after an unknown man made threats to Lloyd Wheeldon while the three were quietly having a drink.
He said: “The man comes right in his face and it’s clear from the CCTV footage that he is making threats.”
The court heard that, for some unknown reason, the pub manager was told that the three men were the ones causing trouble, before a brawl broke out in which two men were assaulted. Following the brawl, Samanjoul was confronted outside by a third man, described as “a patron of the pub,” whose nose he broke with one punch.
District Judge Frederick Rutherford said it was a “severe” injury and handed Samanjoul a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He must also pay the victim £500 in compensation.
The court heard that commanding officers had written letters describing the brothers’ army service as “exemplary.” Mr Cunnah said certain punishments which the court could impose could cause them to be discharged from the army.” But Judge Rutherford said he would deal with them by way of a financial penalty, noting that it was “surprising” and “an embarrassment” that men of their regiment had not been able to show restraint in what was a “bar room brawl.”
Lloyd, who pleaded guilty to two assaults, was ordered to pay £100 compensation to each victim. Aaron pleaded guilty to one assault and was ordered to pay £100 compensation. Samanjoul also admitted a further offence of assault by beating. All men must pay costs and a victim surcharge.