Teenage pair who ‘ferociously’ attacked man fighting with woman in Northampton avoid custody

Northampton Bus Station
Northampton Bus Station

Two teenagers who launched a “ferocious” attack on a man who was involved in a fight with a woman in Northampton have avoided a custodial sentence.

Dominic Dispenza and Joshua Harris, both aged 18, were walking past the North Gate bus station when they saw a man involved in an altercation with a woman outside the Cromwell Cafe in the Drapery.

Northampton Crown Court heard the pair were among a group of teenagers who ran across the road, pushed the man into a doorway and kicked him until he lost consciousness.

CCTV footage was shown in court that showed how the group remained at the scene after the attack, which left the victim with a broken jaw, fractured nose and heavy bruising to his face.

Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said the victim had been “vulnerable” as he was drunk.

The court heard Dispenza and Harris both made admissions to police that they had been acting to protect the woman but, after being shown the CCTV footage, admitted they had “gone too far”.

Both pleaded guilty to a charge of causing actual bodily harm. Harris also admitted possessing a small amount of cannabis.

A 15-year-old who was also involved in the attack was given a referral order after he pleaded guilty at youth court

Recorder Timothy Green said it was a “ferocious” attack that had left the victim unconscious for at least five minutes.

He said: “Attacks like this often end in death of the victim. Fortunately, the man is expected to make a recovery from his jaw injury.”

Dispenza, of Robert Street, Northampton and Harris, of Kingsland Avenue, St Davids, Northampton, were both sentenced to one year in a youth offender institution, suspended for 18 months. They must both also complete 100 hours unpaid work.