West Lynn men admit carrying out attack over £50 debt

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A man was attacked in his own home over an unpaid £50 debt, a court has heard.

Myles Davenport, 22, and Scott Waterson, 25, both of Poppyfields, West Lynn, assaulted Joshua Kier after he failed to repay the money to Davenport.

Yesterday, both men were given an 18 month community order after they admitted assaulting him on November 9. They were also made the subject of an exclusion order to prevent them going near Mr Kier’s home.

Their co-defendant, 21-year-old Rebecca Gibbs, also of Poppyfields, West Lynn, was fined £140 for assaulting a woman, Amy Cardwell, in the same incident.

Magistrates heard the dispute had escalated from a £50 loan made by Davenport to Mr Kier for repairs to his van.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said that, when he went to the address, Davenport became aggressive when Mr Kier said he was unable to repay the money as he was “skint.”

While Gibbs pushed her way past and subsequently attacked Miss Cardwell, Mr Kier was punched several times by Davenport and Waterson.

He suffered facial injuries and said the incident had left him “scared” of what the men may do if they returned.

He added: “I thought Myles was my mate.”

However, Jakki Upton, mitigating for the men, denied the prosecution’s claims that they had used a weapon in the assault.

She said Davenport accepted punching Mr Kier once and Waterson accepted punching him twice.

But she said the evidence of a neighbour who intervened in the incident backed their assertion that they had not used a weapon.

She said Davenport and Mr Kier had been friends for 10 to 12 years, but claimed Mr Kier had provoked the attack by suggesting he was not going to pay the money back at all.

Ian Graham, for Gibbs, said his client had “come to her senses” and ended the assault when Miss Cardwell, who was not injured, referred to their long-standing friendship.

He said Gibbs accepted that she should not have been at the property.