Men behaved like ‘pack of animals’ during large brawl in Northampton town centre

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A judge has described the behaviour of four men who were involved in a large brawl in the centre of Northampton as similar to a “pack of animals”.

Daniel Eddies, aged 23. Jason Martin, aged 24, Curtis Norris, aged 23, and Liam Norris, aged 21, all appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to affray.

The court heard the four men became involved in altercation with another man at 5.40am on July 6 last year.

CCTV footage shown to the court revealed how the four men repeatedly punched another men and chased him from the end of The Drapery, to the edge of Gold Street and along George Row.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, described how passer-bys, including women, tried to stop the fighting but the four men continued to be aggressive. Martin admitted a charge of possessing an offensive weapon after he took the belt off his trousers.

Curtis Norris also pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment after he racially abused an Asian police officer.

Judge Lynn Tayton said: “You behaved like a pack of animals. This is the sort of behaviour that causes a huge amount of concern to people in the centre of Northampton who were just trying to go about their business.”

Curtis Norris, of Turners Court, Wootton, was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work and given a six month curfew. Liam Norris, of West Oval, Kings Heath, was given an 18-month community order and six-month curfew, Eddies, of Saxon Street, Abington, and Martin, of St Leonard’s Road, Far Cotton, must both complete 100 hours of unpaid work and Martin was given a three-month curfew.