A 19 year old who was captured on CCTV brandishing a bottle outside Yates’s in Luton town centre has been told he must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

 

One of Lawtons Solicitor-Advocates, who represented the teenager, told Luton crown court he was holding down a steady job as a landscape gardener and, while at school, had taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

 

Mr Hart said despite his client’s behaviour in the early hours of August 25 this year, he had no previous convictions.

 

The 19 year old, who comes from Luton, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.

 

The court heard he had been outside the town centre bar when an argument broke out between two groups of young men.

 

The defendant, who was part of one group, then appeared holding a broken bottle and had to be held back by his friends from approaching the other group.

 

At one point he was caught on camera waving the broken bottle at two young men.

 

Following his arrest the 19 year old admitted breaking the bottle and told police he had wanted to protect himself.

 

Judge Stuart Bridge sentenced him to a 12 month community order and told him he must perform 100 hours of unpaid work.

 

He was also ordered to pay a statutory £60 victim surcharge.