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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Man jailed for 11 years after brutal Walney street attack

A BRUTE who repeatedly punched and kicked a man leaving him with a fractured face has been jailed for 11 years.

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Liam Parkinson

Liam Parkinson, of Conway Gardens, Walney, was jailed for 11 years by a judge at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

Parkinson, 25, left his victim with a fractured face and in need of metal plates.

The attack took place on December 14 last year in Falmouth Street, Walney.

The court heard Parkinson lost his temper before being marched away from the house.

As he was being led away he punched Daniel Sharp in the face three times. He then sat on him and repeatedly punched him in the head before stamping on him.

Judge Recorder Abigail Hudson said: “Your actions were the most horrific thing witnesses said they had ever seen.”

Mr Michael Brady, defending, said: “He still maintains that he can’t remember the actions of which he has been convicted.

“He is genuinely sorry Mr Sharp suffered the injuries he did.

“He is anxious that Mr Sharp should not fear any form of reprisal at all in relation to the verdict and the sentence that will follow.”

Parkinson had claimed that he had acted in self defence.

Judge Hudson said Mr Sharp had not been any threat to the defendant.

But she was satisfied the incident had not been pre-meditated and a life sentence would not be justified.

She told Parkinson: “This was a sustained assault on Mr Sharp, even while he was unconscious.

“You have some horrific previous convictions which, in my judgment, considerably aggravate the matter.

“Your previous convictions bear remarkable similarities to offences of gratuitous violence to assert your dominance.

“I don’t think you would have behaved like this had you not been under the influence of some intoxicant.”

Parkinson earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm over an incident which took place in March 2012.

He was given a concurrent five months prison sentence for punching a man to the face in that episode.

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