Ashley Cooper rained down punches and kicks on 18-year-old Jamie Smith as his victim lay prone in Abingdon Precinct.Long criminal history, perchance?
The 17-year-old attacker, who the Oxford Mail can name after a judge lifted reporting restrictions, fractured Mr Smith’s arm as he tried to protect his face.
Oh, of course:
Cooper, of John Morris Road, Abingdon, has a history of violent offending including battery, affray, having an offensive weapon, threatening behaviour and possessing a bladed article.That worked well, then. Clearly a rehabilitated character….
In March 2009 he twice stabbed a female victim and had been released on licence from a young offenders’ institution just a month before attacking Abingdon College student Mr Smith on February 9.
So what caused this most uncharacteristic outburst of aggression towards Mr Smith?
Jon Sank, prosecuting at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, said: “The victim was being called names by a girl at his college. That girl’s ex-boyfriend was the defendant who was not a student at the college.Oh, right, it’s all perfectly clear now, thanks for that…
The defence needed to limber up for this one:
Sophie Murray, defending, said her client had suffered with “alcohol and cannabis abuse”…It rather sounds like it’s everyone else that suffers, Sophie love.
… and had attempted to commit suicide after seeing a number of childhood friends die.Sadly, he proved as ineffectual at that as he did at going straight.
She added: “He clearly grew up seeing violence meted out on his mother.He’ll have a few in jail, I bet…
“There was violence in the family situation from his father and step-father.
“He has had no strong male role models in his life.”