THREE young men left their victim covered in blood after attacking him outside a house party.
Victim Stefan Darrigan argued with Kane Cartwright over a cigarette and the dispute continued in the street on the Dennis Estate at Kirton.
Mark Watson, prosecuting, said Cartwright started the violence by punching Mr Darrigan, knocking him to the ground.
“He then straddled Mr Darrigan and punched him. There were five or six blows.”
Kai Williams then joined in the attack throwing a bottle before kicking Mr Darrigan.
A third youth Joshua Wong ran over and struck Mr Darrigan with a metal pole before the group ran off.
Mr Watson said “Mr Darrigan was assisted back into the house. His face was completely swollen and he was unable to see. He was covered in blood.”
Wong (20), of Boston Road, Kirton, Cartwright (18), of Shaw Road, Boston, and Williams (18), of Edinburgh Drive, Kirton, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday when each admitted assaulting Mr Darrigan causing him actual bodily harm on August 4. Wong admitted possession of an offensive weapon and Cartwright admitted possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Wong also admitted a separate assault on a 19-year-old student in Kirton on June 21, together with theft of the victim’s mobile phone, theft of a trampoline from a garden and possession of cannabis. He was given 18 months at a young offenders’ institution.
Cartwright and Williams were each given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years. Cartwright was given a 12-week night-time curfew and Williams a 16-week curfew. They were banned from contacting each other or Wong for 12 months.
Sandra Clarke, for Wong, said he realised he faced a jail sentence and handed himself in to police. She said he has been working to improve his life while on remand with a view to improving his chances of employment when released.
Gordon Aspden, for Williams, said his behaviour has changed since his arrest and he has cut back on his drinking.
Sunil Khanna, for Cartwright, said his client thought it was to be a one-on-one fist fight and was so shocked when Wong produced the weapon that he got up and walked away.
“He is genuinely remorseful. He never expected it to go that far,” said Mr Khanna.