A YARDLEY teenager was sentenced to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to wear an electronic tag after admitting possessing cocaine and assaulting another man in a fight at a pub.
Michael Ashley Griffiths of Clay Lane pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and possessing cocaine when he appeared before District Judge Nigel Kennedy at Solihull Magistrates Court on Tuesday (February 10).
The prosecution said Griffiths, 18, was drinking at the Hobs Meadow pub in Ulleries Road on February 1 when a fight broke out.
He claimed he had tried to break up the brawl and had shouted to the victim to ‘go and get out of here’. But Griffiths accepted that he punched his victim at least twice, knocking him to the floor, causing him to hit his head and chip a tooth.
When he was arrested by police and taken to the station officers found a small quantity of cocaine.
The defence added that Griffiths, a plumbing student at South Birmingham College, was apologetic for his actions and accepted his responsibility although he was one of those trying to calm down the fight.
Griffiths was ordered to wear the electronic tag for eight weeks from 9pm until 6am. He was also told to pay £200 compensation to the victim and £60 in costs. The drugs were ordered to be destroyed.
District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “Too many young people go out and have too much to drink and get involved in violence. This is what happened in this case close to or on licensed premises.
“It’s certainly a case that qualifies for a community order and the curfew will curtail your ability to go out and about.”