A student arrested after a fight in McQ’s bar on May 7 has been cautioned by police and forced to pay compensation.
The first-year student, who was arrested by police on the scene on suspicion of assault, was initially bailed until 5th June, before being summond by police to hear the charges.
The accused, whose name was not released, accepted the caution at a police station and paid an undisclosed amount of compensation to North Yorkshire Magistrate Courts. The caution will appear on the student’s criminal record.
This procedure of accepting a conditional caution in a police station is typically used by the justice system to avoid the necessity of bringing any victims of crimes to court.
Several students were injured during the fight, which is believed to have been unprovoked, before police and campus security were called.
A first-year student who witnessed the incident said four men, who appeared to have been drinking heavily, had been sitting outside of McQ’s shouting insults at passers-by. She said: “The four guys who were sitting at the table were trying to provoke pretty much anybody they saw into fighting them. They were spoiling for a fight.”
One of the men allegedly shouted at a member of the Tae Kwon Do club, which was on a social at McQ’s.
The student said: “One of the guys from the club said “what’s your problem?” and they started pushing eachother. And then another Tae Kwan Do guy tried to mediate. One of the guys sitting at the table threw the first punch.”