A man laughed and joked after being sentenced to unpaid work on his part in a cowardly attack on a mother in front of her disabled daughter at McDonald’s.
Ryan Gould, 29, joined a fight when his on-off boyfriend pushed the victim to the ground after trying to stop the boy from taking a selfie.
The woman was with her ten-year-old daughter, who is blind and in a wheelchair.
A courtroom listened to Luke Jones, 28, and Gould, who said he had an “on-off relationship”, were involved in the “unpleasant” incident when they accidentally met the mother and daughter on Market Street in Manchester city center.
The couple blocked the path of the mother, who was also with a friend and her two children, three and five months old.
Jones said to the mother, “Nobody is looking at you, bad bad mess. Calm down and close your mouth.”
The woman, who was said to be “extremely protective” of her daughter, believed that the comments were addressed to the girl.
Jones later said that the comments were directed to Mom after hearing a telephone conversation when she said that people were watching her.
The couple had a face-to-face line, but they separated to meet again just by chance, this time at McDonald’s in St Ann’s Square.
There, Jones made a comment to the mother about silencing her daughter and took a selfie with her mom in the background.
He confronted Jones and tried to pick up the phone.
Then a fight broke out when Jones pushed the woman, making her fall.
Gould was involved and “used illegal violence” against her.
During the accident, some drink was “poured or thrown” on the mom and her daughter. The police were called around 14.20 on Monday 20 August 2018.
Jones, who has 10 previous convictions, was convicted of his share in the crime last month. He was given a 12-month community order to include 270 hours of unpaid work, 20 days of rehabilitation activities and a Thinking Skills program.
Jones, previously from Brinnington, has pleaded guilty to being robbed, using threatening and offensive behavior and having a bladed item.
He had spent three months in pre-trial detention pending conviction.
Today (Friday) Gould, of Bents Lane in Bredbury, was also given a 12-month community order after admitting an offense of contempt. He was also given 170 hours of unpaid work.
Shirlie Duckworth, accusing, told Manchester Crown Court that McDonald’s CCTV revealed that it was a “short-lived incident”, although it was supervised by children and families who were inside the restaurant.
The prosecution accepted Gould’s claim that he “fought” with the woman and that he had not kicked or punched her.
He admitted to having drunk something, but said it was not intentional.
Following media coverage of the accident, Gould was identified by his brother and arrested.
During his police interview, he dismissed his victim for wearing “£ 4 Primark leggings”, the court heard.
The court heard that he had a previous conviction for dangerous driving, for which he was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence. He was subsequently given a community order for breaking the subsequent driving ban.
The community order, which he completed, was issued by magistrates just a month before the McDonald’s incident.
Steve McHugh, in defense, said to the judge: “The only good news, and there isn’t a tremendous amount, is the fact that there were no weapons or kicks, but it was unpleasant. He wants to apologize to you and the society”.
He said his client “bitterly regrets” what he has done.
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Judge Timothy Smith said to Gould, “What had happened was a totally shameful, shameful and shameful episode that mainly involved Mr. Jones. He was treated and convicted. His case is different from yours.”
Jones had made “scornful and offensive comments” to the woman – who believed he was headed for the disabled child – and his reaction had been “perfectly understandable,” said the judge.
While Gould “was not directly involved in this”, he was involved in a confusing affair and in a “shameful episode” committed in public.
After being convicted, Gould left the pier and joined his co-defendant Jones, who had witnessed the proceedings from the public gallery.
Both felt themselves laughing and joking as they left the field.
In a statement read at Jones’s sentencing hearing, Mom said she felt “anger” and “hurt” as a result of her ordeal, and that she becomes “emotional” when she thinks about it.
The incident was initially treated as a “hate crime”, but prosecutors agreed that Jones’s comments were directed at the mother and not made because of her daughter’s disabilities.
Jones was also convicted of possession of a knife following a separate incident when he said he was given the blade and told to “drop it”.
The judge who sentenced Jones said he had shown his mother a “complete disrespect”.
“It was frankly intolerable behavior on your part,” said the judge.
“It was cruel and it was offensive.”
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