Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Teen in Court over Vicious Street Assault

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Teen in Court over Vicious Street Assault

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court reporter gareth.lightfoot@eveninggazette.co.uk

A BORO footballer saw his mate locked up after they kicked a defenceless clubber in a "horrifying" drunken street attack. Academy midfielder Jordan Jones, 19, and former care worker Aaron Dixon, 20, followed and assaulted their victim after trouble flared in a nightclub. Jones watched Dixon repeatedly stamping on the victim's "essentially lifeless" body on the ground, a court heard.

Teesside's top judge told Jones, who made his first team debut with Boro in January: "Many would give their eye teeth to be in your position, to have your talent and your skill.

"But of course that comes with a price, the knowledge that those younger than you look up to you.

"They will look up to you to set an example. When you fail to set an example you will have to bear the burden of extra punishment."

Jones and Dixon stood side by side in the dock at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

They got into a taxi to pursue a man and "sort him out" after he clashed with Jones in the Aruba nightclub in Redcar.

The victim ended up lying prone on Redcar high street, where an enraged Dixon laid into him at 4am on March 30.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Jones: "You stood by doing absolutely nothing, almost with your hands in your pockets.

"You kicked at him once, in a fairly ineffectual manner.

"You essentially have got your friend Dixon into this.

"It was your argument. You could have stopped this. You could have reined him back. But you didn't.

"You've caused your friend to be locked up."

He said immediate custody was "unavoidable" for Dixon, passing a 20-month sentence for his more serious crime.

Jones was given a four-month custodial sentence suspended for two years, with 120 hours' unpaid work, and ordered to pay PS1,000 compensation with PS1,800 costs.

Judge Bourne-Arton, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told the two: "Anybody who watched the closed circuit television of the incident would have been horri-fied at what you did."

It was accepted they launched the attack as a result of the victim's bad behaviour in the nightclub. …

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