TWO teenagers who launched a vicious attack on a Burton man in front of a child and their grandparents have escaped jail.
Victim Alex Scott-Jones spent two days in hospital with a broken jaw following the assault in a car park in Stapenhill.
Stafford Crown Court heard he had gone to collect his partner's child from grandparents when he was set upon by Callum Ward and Logan McDermott.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said Ward punched Mr Scott-Jones to the side of the face and the victim knew almost right away that he had suffered a fracture.
As he tried to get away McDermott chased him, kicked his feet from underneath him and punched him in the same place. Mr Scott-Jones was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a double fracture of the lower jaw.
Ward, 18, of Redwood Drive, Brizlincote Valley, and McDermott, 19, of Devon Close, Stapenhill, who both admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, were each given a 20-month prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid community work and to pay £500 each in compensation to their victim.
Judge Mark Eades told them: "You are both young men, you both have potential and are ruining that with acts of violence in public places."
The judge heard the incident started with a chance meeting between the victim and Ward in the car park in Stapenhill.
Mr Scott-Jones was waiting to collect his partner's young child from their grandparents when Ward challenged him over a £40 debt owed to another man and was told to 'clear off'.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said Ward drove off and returned with two others he had recruited.
By this time the grandparents had turned up and Mr Scott-Jones was reluctant to use physical violence.
He told Ward: 'Not in front of the child'. Mr Scott-Jones said the assault had affected him in a number of ways and he was unable to start a job he had been offered. Jonathan Edwards, defending, said: "These two young men rightly hang their heads in shame. Cynical and mindless street violence cannot be tolerated."