A MAN who went to get money from a cash machine in Buckley was attacked by a group of young people.
The victim, a man in his late 20s, was knocked unconscious and later told police that it felt as if he had been hit with a sledgehammer.
A boy of 15 who had never been in trouble before admitted that he was part of the group and pleaded guilty to an affray charge.
He was warned that he could have easily gone into custody, but he was given a 10-month referral order.
Two others have pleaded not guilty to affray and will go on trial in June.
Flintshire Youth Court was told the incident happened at Buckley town centre on the evening of December 6 last year.
The victim went to an ATM at Barclays Bank in Brunswick Road to withdraw cash.
There was a large group of young people standing across the road.
Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said there was some shouting from the group and the victim’s friend asked what they had said.
But a group of between eight and 10 surrounded the victim in a semi-circle and attacked him.
He was knocked to the ground where he was kicked and he lost consciousness.
Passers-by tried to help him and when police arrived it took five minutes to rouse him.
The victim suffered multiple bruising in the attack and the teenager was warned by magistrates that it could have been a lot worse and that he could have been facing a more serious charge.
Chris Jesse, defending, stressed his client had never been in any trouble before.
He had since moved from the area.