Pair avoid jail after Meir fish and chip shop fight
TWO men involved in a disturbance in a chip shop have been spared jail.
Daniel Wheat and Mark Leadbeater became involved in violence with a man in the takeaway in Stansmore Road, Meir.
Prosecutor Neil Ahuja told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court the incident happened three days after another disturbance in a post office.
The court heard Nigel Platt was attacked and his phone was stolen during the chip shop incident on June 8.
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Wheat, aged 25, of Denewood Place, Meir, and Leadbeater, aged 39, pleaded guilty to affray.
Leadbeater, of Brookwood Drive, Meir, also admitted theft of the phone.
Peter McCartney, mitigating for Wheat, said the father-of-two admits throwing a single punch at Mr Platt.
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got himself involved. He is remorseful and regrets he involved himself," added Mr McCartney.
Joanne Wallbanks, representing Leadbeater, said there had been no repeat of disorder between the two groups since June.
Judge Granville Styler described Leadbeater as the ringleader and sentenced him to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and 18 months supervision. He told Leadbeater: "The aggravating feature is you had a confrontation with this man three days before and then you met in a fish and chip shop and you instigated some violence."
Judge Styler sentenced Wheat to a community order with 18 months supervision and 120 hours unpaid work.
He hold him: "I accept you were in the wrong place at the wrong time."