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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Barrow man knocked another man senseless for leaning on a car

A Barrow car owner knocked a man unconscious and fractured his jaw for leaning on his vehicle, a court heard.

William Hunt, 28, of Irwell Road, Walney pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison for the attack which occurred in the Oxford Street area of Barrow on Sunday, August 11 last year.

The victim, Mark Jackson, was leaning on Hunt’s car while waiting for a taxi when the defendant approached him and demanded he get off.

Mr Joseph Allman, prosecuting, described how Hunt then punched Mr Jackson, causing him to fall to the ground.

Mr Jackson was knocked unconscious and suffered an undisplaced fracture of the jaw.

He was left bleeding heavily from a one-and-a-half inch cut to the right side of his chin and had a lump to the left side of his head.

The attack was captured on CCTV which was played to the court.

Mr Allam said Mr Jackson now has a misaligned jaw and uses the side of his mouth to chew food.

He said the incident had left the victim shaken and constantly looking over his shoulder when he goes out.

The court heard that Hunt has half-a-dozen previous offences of assault on his record.

Miss Kimberley Obrusik, defending, described Hunt’s offence as a “blip” in an otherwise successful attempt to turn his life away from crime.

She said: “He effectively snapped. Something was said and he took a spur-of-the-moment decision, snapped and did something which he had not done for a long time up to that point.

“He doesn’t come across as a man who would have such a previous record for violence. He comes across as hard working and apologetic.

“He is genuinely sorry for what he has done and sorry for the snap decision and for the pain and suffering he caused Mr Jackson. He would welcome an opportunity to recompense him if given the chance.”

Judge Jacqueline Beech said: “You are guilty of an unprovoked attack on a man while you were drunk. That man was doing no harm.

“You hit him with such force that his head struck the road surface, rendering him unconscious.”


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