Street assault during which dog walker was lashed with metal chain branded 'disgraceful' by judge
A TEENAGE girl used a metal chain to lash another dog walker in a violent street attack, a court heard.
She and two grown men assaulted brothers Harry and John Sutcliffe as they each walked their dogs along Clee Crescent, in Grimsby.
The brothers passed by Jodie Duke, now aged 18, and Scott Pearson, 23, who were walking a Staffordshire terrier, at about 4pm on Sunday, May 13.
The dogs barked at each other and the walkers exchanged abuse, Grimsby Crown Court was told.
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A confrontation arose when Pearson commented "You ought to sort your dog out" and Duke also shouted abuse.
John Sutcliffe, 21, said he did not want any violence. But the altercation escalated when Pearson grabbed him and punched him twice.
Duke grabbed a metal dog chain used for walking their dog and lashed out at Mr Sutcliffe, who sustained injuries to the back of his neck and his shoulder.
Ian Redfern, 27, was nearby and arrived at the scene, said Edward Bindloss, prosecuting.
Redfern then punched John Sutcliffe, who headbutted him back.
The terrier under Pearson and Duke's control then bit Redfern, said Mr Bindloss, and also bit Harry Sutcliffe, 30.
Mr Bindloss said seven witnesses all confirmed that Duke, Pearson and Redfern – who jumped into a nearby car and fled – were the aggressors.
Witnesses took details of the car and when police investigated they found it at an address near Clee Crescent.
During a police interview, Pearson, of Eleanor Street, Grimsby, claimed he had been threatened with a knife by John Sutcliffe, which was denied.
He said he "panicked", and Redfern, of Grimsby, said he reacted out of self-defence. They both admitted assault.
At an earlier hearing Duke, of Wainfleet, near Skegness, admitted assault and possessing an offensive weapon.
She received a six-month detention and training order, while Pearson was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and Redfern 180 hours. Both were given 12-month community orders.
Sentencing, Judge Mark Bury said it was a "disgraceful" incident.