Party descended into free-for-all

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A PARTY that descended into a “free for all” saw a Buxton man before the courts charged with assault.

Following a trial at High Peak magistrates last week, William Edward Reeves, 19, was found guilty of assaulting Faye Mason and Matthew Bond on October 22, and cleared of a third charge of assault.

He appeared for sentencing on Monday and was given a six month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work, with an order for £200 compensation to Mr Bond and £100 to Mrs Mason, plus £400 court costs.

Rosemary Lake, prosecuting said a group of people, who did not all know each other, had ended up at the same party on Fairfield Road after they had all been out drinking.

There was an verbal argument between Faye Mason and the defendant, who had then pushed the complainant.

Matthew Bond had tried to intervene and had ended up on the floor and had been struck repeatedly, causing his cheek and area around the eye to swell up.

Annis Rowlands defending said: “The defendant was the only person charged in relation to these proceedings.”

She said that the party, a group of about 10 people, had spilled out onto the street where it was described in various ways by those present as “a free for all”, “mayhem” and as a “general melee”.

During the trial she said four witnesses gave a different account of what happened. “Everybody had more alcohol than they were prepared to admit,” said Ms Rowlands.

Reeves, of Dakin Avenue, employed full-time as a chef, had denied all charges.