Two men have been given suspended prison sentences for an attack in the centre of Huddersfield in the early hours of last Christmas Eve.

Leeds Crown Court heard there had been an earlier confrontation inside Mavericks nightclub which led to the complainant in the case, Glen Conway being asked to leave.

Stephanie Hancock prosecuting said it was around 2.30am when CCTV captured Mr Conway outside in King Street speaking to doormen before he was involved in an incident with another man from a group celebrating Christmas, which included James Taylor and Jordan Maloney-Tyndall.

Having ended up on the ground Mr Conway got up and in the confrontation that followed Taylor was seen kicking at him.

She said it was accepted there was some goading by Mr Conway as the group followed him with others kicking and punching at him including Maloney-Tyndall.

The violence continued into Cross Church Street and when it eventually ended Maloney-Tyndall appeared to “high five” another member of his group.

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Miss Hancock said Mr Conway was taken to hospital where he was found to have cuts and grazes on both arms, extensive bruising on his back which the next day an officer saw resembled a foot print, as well as lumps to his head and bruised ribs.

When the two defendants were arrested and interviewed they expressed disgust at their behaviour when shown the footage.

Probation officer Mick Berry told the judge he had interviewed both men for verbal reports in court and they had both expressed remorse and shame.

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He said Maloney-Tyndall had not been in trouble before and described his behaviour as totally out of character saying: “I can’t believe it was me, it is just not like me.” He accepted they had been drinking since later afternoon the previous day.

Taylor, 34 of May Street, Crosland Moor, was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and Maloney-Tyndall, 22, of Longley Terrace, Oakes, was given and eight month prison sentence suspended for 12 hours.

Both admitted assaulting Mr Conway and were also given 150 hours unpaid work with £250 costs each.

Judge Jacqueline Davies said it was clear drink had played a part in what happened. “An incident occurred inside the club which was obviously the trigger for what took place subsequently.”