Brawl thugs laugh as they are sentenced

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A SHAMELESS trio of Wigan thugs laughed in the dock as magistrates decided their fate.

Anthony Calderbank, Damian Fallows and Jake Johnston were caught fighting on CCTV in the town centre last month but all escaped jail.

Footage of the “disgusting” violence was shown to the bench at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week.

All three could be seen throwing punches and Calderbank, a former soldier and Afghanistan veteran, was seen “kicking” out at a woman who was lying on the floor.

The trio - who appeared to have settled their dispute, joking with one another when the magistrates retired to consider their verdict - received community orders.

Prosecutor Alan Bakker told the court a group was spotted by police officers on the night of February 12 coming out of the Last Orders pub on Wallgate.

Describing the CCTV footage, Mr Bakker said: “Fallows approached Calderbank, grabbing hold of his arm. Calderbank then threw a punch and the two started fighting. Johnston and two females can be seen trying to separate the other two defendants.”

Calderbank was split up from the altercation and walked towards the town centre but was “beckoning” Fallows towards him while one of the females followed him.

Mr Bakker added: “Calderbank removes his shirt and goes towards the Boulevard (pub). Johnston runs out and Calderbank and Fallows start fighting again. Johnston then is seen punching Calderbank.”

The unnamed blonde female, who had followed Calderbank, ended up on the floor in the altercation and he was seen “to stand up and kick out at her.”

Mike Ferguson, defending for Calderbank, said: “He made full admission in police interview and recognised that his behaviour was disgraceful and regrettable. He has not been in trouble for many years and in between his previous conviction and today, he has served his country in Afghanistan.”

Colin Rawson, defending Fallows and Johnston, said: “To put it in simple terms, these three individuals were fighting with each other and admitted that it’s disgraceful. Jake Johnston is someone who has not been in trouble previously and he should not have got involved in this after he tried to split it up.

“As for Fallows, in the past he has adhered to the will of the court with his previous convictions. When he is told to do something, he complies.”

All three pleaded guilty to the public order offence, Calderbank also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Calderbank, 30, of Garden Vale, Leigh, received a 12-month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Fallows, 27, of Longfellow Close, Worsley Mesnes, received a nine-month community order and supervision order, and an 18-week curfew for 7pm to 7am.

Johnston, 21, of Warrington Road, Goose Green, received a 12-month community order and will have to undertake 150 hours unpaid work.

Each has been ordered to attend an alcohol rehabilitation course, pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.