TWO men face a crown court judge following a nasty attack on a customer at a town centre takeaway.

Carl McParland was eating in Dixy Chicken with a friend when he was pounced upon by Leroy Stephens in an unprovoked attack.

Daniel Amey joined in with the fight, kicking Mr McParland while he was on the floor and using the victim’s own belt to strike him.

Kirklees magistrates yesterday sent the men for sentencing at crown court after telling them that their own powers were insufficient.

The bench was told that the incident at the Cross Church Street fast food outlet happened at 4.30am on September 22.

Mr McParland was sitting inside with his friend Mark Stojsavljevic when Stephens, of Roundway in Honley, entered.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “Mr Stephens entered and seemed to give attention to the two men.

“He gesticulated towards Mr McParland and punched him in the head in an unprovoked attack.”

Magistrates heard that the victim stood and Stephens, 34, grabbed him by his hair and pulled him to the floor.

There he knelt on top of Mr McParland and punched his chest.

Mr Bozman said: “Mr McParland was doing nothing, he was curled up in a protective ball while being attacked.”

The prosecutor said that Mr Stojsavljevic got up to help his friend but was pushed away by Amey, who by that point had also walked in.

Mr Bozman said: “Mr Amey took Mr McParland’s belt from his trousers and used that to hit him.

“He was grabbed by Mr Stephens and punched again.”

Magistrates heard that Mr Stojsavljevic called police after being pushed away from his friend again.

Stephens then dragged Mr McParland across the takeaway, smashing his head into a table top before punching him to the head several times.

The defendant left the takeaway, but returned a short time later and punched and dragged Mr McParland to the floor again.

Amey, of New Hey Road in Outlane, kicked Mr McParland while Stephens jumped on top of his head.

Police arrived and the pair were arrested.

Mr Bozman described the victim as being “fortuitous” as he suffered only two black eyes and bruising to his face and ribs.

Both Stephens and Amey pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Amey, 29, also admitted a charge of assaulting Mr Stojsavljevic although he was not injured.

Mike Sisson-Pell, for Stephens, described his client’s behaviour as out of character.

He said that his client, a charity worker, accepted that he was the “prime mover” in the attack however he had no history of violence on his record.

Mr Sisson-Pell said: “He always came across as a very gentle young man.

“He accepts his culpability and says it was cruel – he’s shocked by his behaviour.”

Rachel Smith, for Amey, said that her client had initially tried to keep the peace but accepted kicking the victim while he was on the floor.

Magistrates described the attack as “nasty” and told the pair that they will be sentenced by a judge at Leeds Crown Court on February 25.