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Judge lets engineering student, 20, who brutally beat man outside pub leaving him with broken eye-socket off his curfew... so he can jet off to DUBAI for his architect father's 50th bash

  • Thug set upon barman after he was kicked out of pub, causing shocking injuries
  • He avoided a jail term and was ordered to submit to a curfew and do unpaid work
  • Astonishingly, judge delayed the punishment so the attacker could enjoy holiday
  • Victim slams the move, saying: 'The whole criminal justice system is a joke'

By MailOnline Reporter

Published: 03:59 EDT, 10 October 2018 | Updated: 04:21 EDT, 10 October 2018

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Maximilian Straube has been allowed delay the start a curfew he was given for attacking a barman so he can travel to Dubai
Maximilian Straube has been allowed delay the start a curfew he was given for attacking a barman so he can travel to Dubai

Maximilian Straube has been allowed delay the start a curfew he was given for attacking a barman so he can travel to Dubai

A wealthy thug who attacked a barman was let off his curfew - so he can go on holiday to Dubai.

Judge Michael Kay QC ruled Maximilian Straube, 20, could celebrate his father's birthday in the the Emirates resort before beginning his sentence for assault.

Straube could have been jailed but avoided prison with a 150 hours of community service and a three-month night-time curfew.

But his punishment was shockingly delayed ten days, so the engineering student could jet off for his architect dad's 50th birthday.

Victim Zac Atkinson, 20 - who suffered a fractured eye-socket and broken nose in the fracas - slammed the move.

He said: 'The whole situation is beyond a joke. There were three people kicking me on the floor.

'I had a broken eyes-socket and a broken nose I can't look up all the way in one of my eyes. I can't get too annoyed because the whole criminal justice system is a joke. He's just got away with it now, what's to stop him doing it again.

'I have had no compensation and I didn't get told about the hearings. I just feel let down why would I take anything through the court system again.'

Victim Zac Atkinson had swollen black eyes and cuts to his face after the vicious attack
Victim Zac Atkinson had swollen black eyes and cuts to his face after the vicious attack

Victim Zac Atkinson had swollen black eyes and cuts to his face after the vicious attack

Mr Atkinson was working in The Slug and Lettuce, in St Albans, at the time of the attack.

He had finished his shift and was drinking with pals when a fracas broke out, so he stepped in and Straube was chucked out.

Mr Atkinson, who is poised to begin a career in finance, was set upon when he went outside and was knocked down and attacked on the floor.

The brutal assault left him with a fractured eye socket, a broken noseand vision loss.

Mr Atkinson said 'the whole criminal justice system is a joke' after hearing how the judge sanctioned his attacker's trip to the sun
Mr Atkinson said 'the whole criminal justice system is a joke' after hearing how the judge sanctioned his attacker's trip to the sun

Mr Atkinson said 'the whole criminal justice system is a joke' after hearing how the judge sanctioned his attacker's trip to the sun

On Thursday St Albans Crown Court heard aggressor Straube unleashed 'horrific scenes' where unknown attackers kicked and punched the victim on the ground.

The incident took place after midnight on November 4 last year.

Straube was ejected from the Slug and Lettuce for grabbing someone around the neck after a cigarette was found in his drink.

Despite his friend trying to pull him away, Straube began challenging Mr Atkinson inside the pub, saying: 'I am going to f*ck you up.'

Judge Kay said Straube was 'angry and continuing to inflame the situation'.

Someone else hit Mr Atkinson and the court decided it was not Straube.

However this led to a struggle where the victim grabbed him and they fell to the ground.

He added: 'Eventually the person came outside and you continued to aggravate the matter by being aggressive and abusive.

'Others at the scene, who you did not know saw an opportunity to indulge some primitive enjoyment by kicking another person.'

He added: 'This is another depressing event from the streets of St Albans that persuades elderly people and the public not to go to the centre of St Albans at night as they may come across drunken and violent youths in the middle of an affray.'

Straube, who divides his time between a house on a posh gated road in Redbourn, Herts, and Sheffield, previously pleaded guilty to common assault and affray - which can carry a prison sentence.

The sickening attack unfolded went Mr Atkinson, a barman, left St Albans Slug and Lettuce pub after he helped get Straube
The sickening attack unfolded went Mr Atkinson, a barman, left St Albans Slug and Lettuce pub after he helped get Straube

The sickening attack unfolded went Mr Atkinson, a barman, left St Albans Slug and Lettuce pub after he helped get Straube

He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work and must abide by a curfew between 8pm and 6am for three months whilst on electronic tag.

This will not begin until Monday, October 15.

Defending the move a spokesman for the judiciary said: 'All judges and magistrates deal with each case individually.

'They are required to base their sentencing decisions on the facts of each case and within the relevant sentencing guidelines for the offence.

'For example, there may be aggravating and mitigating factors in each case which may influence the outcome of the sentence.'

 

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