Lowestoft brothers escape jail after “ugly” violence on Great Yarmouth night bus

Norwich Crown Courtpicture by Adrian Juddfor EDP

Norwich Crown Courtpicture by Adrian Juddfor EDP - Credit: Archant

Two brothers have admitted attacking a man on a Great Yarmouth night bus in what the judge described as an 'ugly incident of violence'.

Tony Scrivens, 26, and Christopher Powles, 23, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced having previously admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The victim and his partner had been out in Yarmouth on July 11 last year and were waiting at the bus stop at about 11pm when he became involved in a verbal altercation with the defendants.

The bus arrived and the victim and his partner sat downstairs and the two brothers upstairs but the exchanges continued, culminating in one of the defendants hitting the man's partner in the face.

The victim then put one of the brothers in a headlock before they spilled out onto the road at the back of the bus where they attacked him while he was on the ground – at one point trying to force his head under the wheel of the stationary bus.

The victim suffered cuts and bruises as well as a chipped tooth in the incident which the court heard had left him 'shaken' and 'scared to go out'.

Rob New, mitigating for both defendants, said they were shocked, ashamed and genuinely remorseful.

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Judge Anthony Bate sentenced Scrivens, of Bevan Street, Lowestoft, and Powles, of Marine Parade, Lowestoft, to six months in jail, suspended for 12 months. They were also ordered to carry out 240 hours unpaid work and each pay £250 compensation.