Adam Ashworth, 20, threw a microwave at victim Gul-fan Taj, 32, and then beat him up in a back alley.First time offender? Well…
Mr Taj was rescued after a bouncer walking home in the early hours heard screaming and saw the victim on the ground with the defendant sitting astride him, setting about him with his fists, Burnley Crown Court heard.
Ashworth, who has 52 previous convictions, first appeared in court in 2002 and had breached anti-social behaviour orders.*sigh*
I wonder what the ‘mitigation’ will be? Well, first out of the blocks is ‘The Demon Drink’:
Alexandra Simmonds, for Ashworth, said it would appear alcohol was the root of all his offending and the offence wouldn't have happened if he had not drunk to excess.Well, since he’s responsible for pouring the drink down his own throat, that’s no excuse at all. Next!
The defendant had done a lot of thinking and reflecting in custody and might finally be showing signs of growing up.Oh, please! He’s 20 – he’s done all the growing he’s ever likely to do!
He had a two-year-old son and knew he had let him down by spending the last two Christmases in prison.
Well, at least he isn’t up before a notoriously lenient jud…
Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt told the defendant, said: “It’s very lucky for you that the injuries that this man suffered were not more severe.He got a year. If he serves 6 months of that, I’ll be astonished…
"You know the courts won’t tolerate violence like this on the streets and a prison sentence must follow.”