TWO friends who beat up guests at a 21st birthday party have avoided jail.
Crendle Pink and Paul Stell got into a brawl that saw a man punched and kicked on the ground and a woman hit in the face.
The row broke out at the Queen’s Head pub in Gosport after Pink exposed himself to one of the party guests.
He and Stell, who were not invited to the celebration, then attacked Eann Cowan, 35, outside the pub in Brockhurst Road.
Stell punched Kirsty Hamilton, 21, another guest at the party, as she tried to stop the assault.
Mr Cowan was treated by paramedics at the pub and was left with a cut above his right eye and pain in his ribs.
Pink, 32, a scaffolder who has previous convictions for violence and a racially-aggravated public order offence, and Stell, 34, who works in the boat building industry, were arrested nearby with blood on their clothes.
Barry McElduff, defending Pink, a father-of-one, said: ‘Whatever he did it was uncouth and disgusting behaviour. He hangs his head in shame about it.’
Stell, who has two children, was described as a well-respected member of the community.
‘This is totally out of character,’ said Tim Sparkes, defending.
Pink, of Sunbeam Way, Gosport and Stell, of Anthony Grove, Gosport, both pleaded guilty to affray following the incident in March last year.
Recorder Stuart Jones QC said: ‘It was a thoroughly nasty and protracted assault. I, along with other members of the public, take a very grave view of this type of misbehaviour.
‘I don’t look down my nose at drinking but if this is what happens at the end of it then people who get involved have to be dealt with seriously.’
Pink was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
Stell, who has no previous convictions, was told to do 150 hours of unpaid work. They must each pay £600 in court costs and £250 in compensation.