Men sentenced after punching and kicking 22-year-old outside Milton Keynes night club

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Two men have been convicted of assault following a fight near a nightclub which left one man unconscious with a broken nose.

Harley Shaw, 20, from St George’s Road, Bletchley, and Luke Cox, 21, from Mullen Avenue, Downs Barn, were sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court last Friday.

Shaw pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of theft and Cox pleaded guilty to one count of battery.

At around 4am on September 2, 2013, Shaw and Cox were drinking in the Pink Punters Nightclub, in Fenny Stratford, Bletchley.

As they left the club, they got into an altercation with two other people leaving the club. Shaw punched and kicked a 22-year-old man to the floor, knocking him unconscious.

Shaw then stole a mobile phone from the other victim, a 20-year-old man, who was trying to help the victim on the floor. Cox then struck him on the face and arms to prevent him helping his friend.

Shaw and Cox were initially charged with robbery, but midway through the trial Shaw pleaded guilty to assault occasioning ABH and theft, while Cox pleaded guilty to battery.

Shaw was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for the assault conviction and three months for the theft, to run consecutively.

Cox was sentenced to a 12-Month Community Order, which includes 36 hours at an attendance centre. He was ordered to pay £670 costs.

The 22-year-old victim sustained a broken nose, scratches and bruising in the assault. The other victim suffered no visible injuries.

PC Graeme Poulton, investigating officer, said: “This was a vicious attack in which one of the victims was left unconscious and with a broken nose.

“I am pleased with the sentences, which show that attacks such as these will not be tolerated and should serve as a warning not to get involved in committing acts of violence.”