Oompa Loompa Norwich street brawl men sentenced

Norfolk Police Louis Gelinas and Matthew Wright were dressed as Oompa Loompas in Norwich's Prince of Wales Road nightclub district

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Two men dressed as Oompa Loompas who attacked a man on a night out have been sentenced.

Louis Gelinas and Matthew Wright, both 20, picked a fight in a Norwich street, the city's crown court heard.

Prosecutor Stephen Spence said that "ironically" the men targeted their victims over what they were wearing.

Both admitted affray. Wright, of Potter Heigham, was given 10 months in youth custody and Gelinas, of Sutton, was ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work.

'Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers'

Oompa Loompas, known for their short stature, green hair and orange skin, featured in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, inspired by Roald Dahl's novel.

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Clearly they were not dressed for trouble”

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Mr Spence said: "The two defendants, together with another man, were in fancy dress as Oompa Loompas - fictional characters from Loompa Land which end up being preyed upon by Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers.

"They are in fact peaceable characters who Willy Wonka employs in his factory to keep them away from trouble.

"Far from keeping out of trouble, these men got into what was initially a verbal altercation, were abusive, calling one of the men 'gay', and ended up pushing the men resulting in facial injuries to one of them."

A man, aged 28, suffered cuts and bruises in the attack near a kebab shop, which was caught on CCTV at 03:00 GMT on 27 December.

Wright, of Decoy Road, also admitted an unrelated assault.

'Braces hanging down'
Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory There were 10 Oompa Loompas in the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film

Jonathan Morgan, mitigating on behalf of university student Gelinas, said: "Clearly they were not dressed for trouble.

"My client's braces were hanging down so it is easy to tell on the CCTV which of the Oompa Loompas he was.

"He did not start the violence and is seen walking away."

Wright's barrister, Ian James, described his client as a "hard-working and busy" young man who was training to become an electrical inspector.

"He had taken drink and believed that one or other of his friends, by way of the unusual way they were dressed, was involved in a confrontation and he involved himself," Mr James said.

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