A Brighton man faces the prospect of a prison sentence after pleading guilty to an affray on his 20th birthday.
Abdul Deghayes, of Chadborn Close, Brighton, pleaded guilty at Brighton Crown Court this morning (Wednesday 29 March).
He is one of four men to have admitted their part in the affray in April last year and will now spend his 21st birthday behind bars after turning up late to court.
He was sent to a young offender institution for 21 days for breaching bail two days running and will be sentenced for the affray in five weeks’ time.
Deghayes admitted that he and three other men used violence or threatened shopkeeper Amir Mahrouyan with unlawful violence in Preston Street, Brighton.
Lewes Prison inmate Oliver Pierce, 25, formerly of Hallett Road, Brighton, has already admitted his part in the affray which was caught on camera.
Deghayes and Pierce are due to be sentenced on Friday 5 May.
Two other men who were with them have already admitted affray and were given suspended prison sentences at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.
Layton Richards, 22, of St James’s House, High Street, Brighton, was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work over 12 months and pay £250 compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs, making £415 in total.
Jack Barry, 22, of Great Harry Drive, Eltham, London, was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months last month. He was also given a six-week curfew with an electronic tag and ordered to carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activity.
At least one of the four men was said to have threatened to damage Mr Mahrouyan’s shop.
Deghayes’s barrister Harry MacDonald said in mitigation that, although he had breached bail, he had turned up reasonably soon.
He had also surrendered voluntary – even though a warrant had been issued for his arrest – and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, Mr MacDonald said.
Judge Janet Waddicor said: “It may be stupidity but it’s arrogance. He doesn’t take any of this seriously. It’s two fingers up to the whole system.”
She told him: “You show scant respect for the court.”
And she warned him that he may face another custodial sentence in May.
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