A teenager has escaped a jail term for his role in a brutal attack on a shop worker which left him with a fractured cheekbone.
Mohammed Desai was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched by three teenagers in an attack during his late-night shift at Dearne Valley Garage, Scissett, Huddersfield.
Jamie Thompson, 18, of George-a-Green Road, Lupset, admitted assaulting Mr Desai at a previous hearing.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard the attack took place just after midnight on July 30. Prosecutor Alex Bozman said the trouble began when Mr Desai explained to the five youths that only two of them were able to be inside the garage at a time.
He said: “They didn’t take any notice and as a result he said they would have to leave. He tried to usher them out, there was a scuffle with one of the youths.
The court heard Thompson accepted punching the victim once after an earlier assault by one of the other youths.
Sarah Stewart, mitigating, said: “It’s to Mr Thompson’s credit because having watched the CCTV several times there was quite a brutal assault from two other lads but what he has said to me today is that this happened off-camera.”
The bench gave him a community order with 200 hours unpaid work and a 12-week curfew from 7pm to 7am daily.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim and to pay another £145 in costs and victim surcharge.