A ‘VERY gentle young man’ was reduced to fighting in the street when insults were thrown during a drunken argument on the anniversary of his mother’s death, a court has been told.
English and philosophy student Jordan Vorley-Young had been out in Burton celebrating a friend’s birthday when he got into an argument with Phillip Grainger on High Street, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.
But the spat turned violent when Mr Grainger attacked Vorley-Young’s race and sexuality, and the 21-year-old bit his opponent’s nose.
Helen Shipley, prosecuting, told the bench the pair had been seen arguing on CCTV, before a scuffle began.
At one point, Vorley-Young’s elbow is seen to go through the window of a nearby taxi, and the wing mirror is broken.
Mrs Shipley said: “In interview the defendant said he was very drunk, and he remembered getting into an argument because the other male said something about him being gay and black.
“He agreed people would have been scared by his behaviour.”
In mitigation, Simon Dean said Vorley-Young had wept openly throughout his police interview as he was so ashamed of his actions.
“It is a complete departure from the sort of character he is. He is a very gentle young man.
“He is ashamed because of the way he behaved. He feels he let himself down, the injured party, and his family.
“It was the anniversary of his mother’s death when this happened, which is no excuse, of course, but he had gone into town to celebrate his friend’s birthday, and perhaps with the emotion of the event - who knows? He had too much alcohol and the rest is history.”
Vorley-Young, of Abbots Close, Burton, was left with a bite to his shoulder after the fight,on September 13.
The University of Manchester student had previously admitted assault by beating and causing criminal damage to a taxi.
On Friday he was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order with 140 hours of unpaid work.
He has to pay £250 compensation to the victim and £200 to the owner of the taxi, as well as a £60 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.