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Gang assault man is guilty

PUBLISHED: 10:06 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010

A 28-YEAR-OLD man has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for assault after confronting a gang of youths who abused him in the street. Matthew Godden, of Preston Road, Northfleet, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday after being foun

A 28-YEAR-OLD man has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for assault after confronting a gang of youths who abused him in the street.

Matthew Godden, of Preston Road, Northfleet, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday after being found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm last month.

Godden and his brother Michael, 24, also of Preston Road, confronted a group of youths who shouted at the pair as they walked past them the corner of First Avenue and Park Avenue, Northfleet, last October.

After words were exchanged the two men went home but later returned to confront the youths at around 11pm. In police interviews Matthew said they had gone back to 'frighten them a little bit' and did not intend to use violence.

An argument broke out between the two groups resulting in a 16-year-old girl being stabbed in the neck.

Matthew was cleared of stabbing the girl by the jury at a hearing on July 15 after denying carrying a knife but was found guilty of assaulting one of her 17-year-old friends.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay £750 in courts costs and £200 compensation and carry out 200 hours of community service.

Michael Godden was found not guilty of two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm to the same 17-year-old and assault by beating on another teenager at the hearing in July.

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