Thugs embarrassed man by pulling his trousers down on train - then battered him unconscious
TWO brothers have avoided jail for their roles in a train brawl in which a man was so badly battered that he lost consciousness.
Andrew Armstrong was punched and kicked on a busy train between Blackpool and Bolton on September 15 last year as he returned from a day out with work colleagues.
Bolton Crown Court heard that Mr Armstrong had fallen asleep on the train and was disturbed by a group of men, one of whom was climbing over the seats.
David Bentley, prosecuting, said Mr Armstrong stood up a short time later and defendant David Sunter pulled down his trousers, exposing Mr Armstrong to the passengers in the carriage.
Embarrassed, Mr Armstrong pulled his trousers back up and sat down again.
David Sunter, aged 27, then sat next to the victim before starting a fight with him when the train arrived at Leyland.
The court heard Mr Armstrong tried in vain to protect himself but was punched and kicked by a gang of men on the platform.
The victim reluctantly got back on the train and was then attacked by four men, despite moving to a different carriage.
The court heard he was face down and his head and body were stamped on. He lost consciousness for a short time.
Carl Johnson, a friend of the victim, tried to help Mr Armstrong but was also attacked.
Mr Armstrong received treatment at Royal Bolton Hospital for cuts on his nose and cheek. Mr Johnson suffered cuts on his back and forehead.
Police later arrested David Sunter, of Rainshaw Street, Bolton, and Christopher Sunter, aged 25, of Seaforth Road, Astley Bridge.
David Sunter admitted affray on the platform and Christopher Sunter admitted causing actual bodily harm to Mr Armstrong and common assault to Mr Johnson.
Christopher Sunter was sentenced to five months imprisonment for actual bodily harm and a three-month jail term for assault — both sentences were suspended for 12 months and will run concurrently.
He was ordered to complete a course for violent, angry, impulsive drinkers.
David Sunter was sentenced to a five-month jail term, suspended for 12 months.
Both men will also complete 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £750 court costs and £250 to the victims.