An 18-year-old man from Northampton who broke a teenager’s nose after he hit him with a scaffolding pole has been given a community order.
R’Shaan Brimm, of Ethel Street, Northampton, was in an alleyway in New Road, Wootton, with a friend when they were mugged by a group of young men.
The court heard the pair managed to get away but then returned to the alleyway to try to retrieve Brimm’s friend’s mobile phone, which had been stolen.
Kate Plummer, prosecuting, said Brimm then picked up a scaffolding pole and “panicked” when he saw two teengaers, who were not among the group that mugged the pair, and swung it in front of him.
The pole collided with the face of one of the teenagers, causing damage to the cartilage and bone of his nose. The nose had to be reset during an operation at hospital.
Brimm, who pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm, accepted that he had been “reckless” and caused the teenager’s injuries during the incident on May 30 last year.
Judge Lynn Tayton sentenced Brimm to a 12-month community order, including completing 180 hours of unpaid work and education and employment activity. He must also pay costs of £380 and victim surcharge of £60.
Judge Tayton said she was giving Brimm “a chance” by not imposing a custodial sentence as the probation report stated he was a “low risk” of reoffending.
She said: “Don’t blow this chance. I don’t want to see you before this court again.”