‘Last chance’ for Nelson man seen in mass brawl outside pub

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A LOUT facing jail after being involved in late-night trouble while on a suspended prison term kept his freedom.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Craig Yunis was captured on CCTV in the melee outside the Station pub in Nelson town centre. Police had seen a large group of men and women fighting and Yunis was arrested nearby.

He was questioned, confirmed it was him on the film and said he was drunk and had been stupid. The defendant told police behaving like that while subject to a suspended sentence was a foolish thing to do.

The hearing was told Yunis had been given the suspended term in October, 2009, after attacking a 74-year-old man. He had been convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The defendant (22), of Percy Street, Nelson, admitted using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour and had been committed for sentence by magistrates.

Yunis, who was just two weeks off the end of the suspended sentence, was given a community order with 100 hours unpaid work and a six-month curfew between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. when he is working early shifts and between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when he is on lates. He must pay £250 costs.

Judge Simon Newell told him he was being given “one very last chance” and was very lucky. He said Yunis lived a decent, honest, hard- working life apart from, it seemed, weekends when he drank too much and lost his temper.

Judge Newell warned the defendant: “If you do it again, you are going to prison and you are going to prison for a long time.”