A youth was found lying on the ground unconscious after being set upon at a fairground near Prestonpans.
Those responsible for the alcohol-fuelled attack – Aaron Root, Liam Storrie and Ross McLeod – were detained by the police after being identified by witnesses at the scene.
At Haddington Sheriff Court last week, all three were ordered to carry out unpaid work as an alternative to custody. In view of their ages, they were also placed on offender supervision, as part of the community payback order.
Root (16), 48 Longdykes Road, Prestonpans; McLeod (17), 16 Duries Park, Elphinstone; and Storrie (17), 49 Harlawhill Gardens, Prestonpans, admitted assaulting James McGhee while acting together on March 23.
The offence involved punching him on the head, causing him to fall to the ground and kicking him on the body, causing him to strike his head and lose consciousness.
Depute Fiscal Mina Poppius said the youths approached Mr McGhee as he was leaving the shows at the Greenhills and Storrie punched him once in the face, knocking him to ground.
Mr McGhee attempted to punch back, but failed to make contact, at which point Root and McLeod joined in, kicking him on the body repeatedly. Ms Poppius said police officers noticed a large group had congregated and as they went to investigate the youths ran off. The officers found the complainer lying on the ground unconscious and an ambulance was called.
Solicitors representing the accused said the incident had started as a “square go”, with McGhee as a willing participant. They said their clients were now ashamed and remorseful about their actions.
Sheriff Peter Braid told the accused the threshold for a custodial sentence had been met, adding: “It was a serious incident, where the three of you while drunk kicked the complainer. Whether he was a willing participant or not, you kicked him while on the ground.” Root and McLeod were ordered to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work and Storrie 145 hours.
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