Man walks free from court after Buxton affray


A London man who was seen with a broken bottle during a group fight on a night out in Buxton has been spared jail.

Jonathan Carolan, 23, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty to affray and appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday for sentence.

The court heard that Carolan became involved in the incident - which involved at least six others - after drinking in Level 2 nightclub in June.

Jeremy Jones, prosecuting, told the court that a man went outside the club after too much drink and the defendant, or one of his three friends, inflicted injury.

Mr Jones said it “all kicked-of” after this.

He said Carolan was seen approaching the victim with a broken Carlsberg beer bottle.

Mr Jones said: “[Carolan] got a good kicking in the doorway and then was cautioned by the door staff.”

Carolan was then arrested by attending police officers.

“He had some choice words to say about the officers and their northern roots,” Mr Jones said.

Passings sentence, Recorder D Smith said: “You had the good sense and the honesty to plead guilty at the first opportunity and you are the only one [of your friends] that did.

“It’s a shame that you have lost your good character by getting drunk and misbehaving in he street.”

He added: “Your offence was more serious [than that of your friends] but you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

Carolan, who works as a chef, was fined £300 and ordered to pay £100 costs.