TWO men who drunkenly assaulted a woman outside a fast food restaurant have been sentenced.
Daniel Dowie and Ryan Fuller were witnessed kicking and punching Fiona Stead outside McDonald’s in Huddersfield town centre.
Kirklees magistrates were told the pair overreacted after being taunted by a group of “bullish” women.
The bench heard the incident happened just before 1am on November 12.
Dowie, of Longcroft Street in Golcar, and Fuller, of Bank House Road in Milnsbridge, had been drinking since 4pm the previous day.
Abdul Shakoor, prosecuting, told magistrates the pair were walking along John William Street carrying pizza boxes.
He said: “They were quite drunk, staggering all over the pavement and the road.
“The defendants walked towards McDonald’s and were seen to fall over while eating their food.”
Magistrates were told that Dowie, 25, and Fuller, 24, were then approached by three females.
Mr Shakoor said: “There was a verbal confrontation and one of the females tipped one of the pizza boxes over.
“Miss Stead walked towards the two with her arms in an open gesture.
“The defendant Fuller kicked out at her and she fell on the floor.
“The complainant dragged herself up and Dowie punched her with his left fist whilst holding the pizza box.
“Dowie ended up on top of her and lashing out with his foot at her.
“Whilst she was on the floor, Fuller kicked her with his right foot to her body.”
Magistrates were told that following the attack, Dowie and Fuller walked away and police were called.
Miss Stead was also arrested but released without charge.
Both men said they could remember little of the incident because they had been so drunk.
Fuller said in interview that he tried to help his friend after he got into trouble with the women.
Neil Murphy, mitigating, there was a “significant degree” of provocation by the women and that his clients had been spat at and pushed.
“They didn’t expect to run into three bullish females who started the trouble.,” said Mr Murphy. “There’s been an overreaction on their part and they apologise.”
Magistrates gave both men a community order for 12 months. This includes 100 hours of unpaid work and an electronically-monitored curfew for four weeks.
The pair were also ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.