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Five people from Tewkesbury and Cheltenham avoid prison after admitting taking part in mass brawl

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 20, 2013

PUNCHES and kicks were thrown by five young adults from Cheltenham and Tewkesbury in a mass brawl.

Members of the group admitted they were ashamed after seeing the fight on CCTV.

All five avoided prison sentences at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday after admitting the affray at the taxi rank in the city at 2.20am on November 17 last year.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said the two women involved, Ruth Sumner, 19, of Davey Walk, Northway, and Hannah Faizey, 20, of Bushley, Tewkesbury, were the instigators.

He said the two groups, one from Tewkesbury and one from Cheltenham, had an altercation in Liquid nightclub before accidentally coming across each other again.

He said: "They all admitted they had been drinking alcohol and some admitted to have taken drugs."

Mr Kesner said warehouse porter, Keiran McMullen, 20, of Ash Road, Tewkesbury, was seen assaulting three people in the footage.

Faizey, a care assistant, was seen pushing and kicking while Sumner, a housekeeper, was also seen slapping and punching people.

Guy Simmons, 18, of Fairway, Tewkesbury, repeatedly punched one man before kicking him three times and then spitting on another man.

The only defendant from the Cheltenham group, Kieran Hepburn, 20, of Alma Road, was seen taking up a boxing stance and punching Simmons several times.

Defending Simmons, McMullen and Faizey, Jon Holmes said: "The families of these people have been ashamed of this behaviour."

Clare Malvern, on behalf of Sumner, said she would no longer be able to fulfil her ambitions of becoming a carer because of the conviction.

Recorder Simon Levene said: "Most members of the public would want to lock you up in jail and leave you there.

"But what keeps you away is you all pleaded guilty, you are all pretty much of good character and you are all sorry for what you have done."

Construction worker Hepburn was fined £250 and £200 cost, as well as being given a conditional discharge.

Simmons was ordered to pay a £800 fine, £200 costs, a victim surcharge and given a curfew from 7pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday nights for six months. Sumner must pay a £800 fine, £200 costs, a victim surcharge and abide by curfew from 7pm to 6am on Thursday to Sunday nights for six months.

McMullen was given a £600 fine, £200 costs, a victim surcharge and a curfew from 7pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday nights for six months.

Faizey was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work as well as pay a £800 fine, £200 costs and a victim surcharge.

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