Man jailed for bot­tle attack

Halifax Courier - - Classic Bike Show - By court re­porter

Two men have been locked up af­ter an in­no­cent mem­ber of the public was “bot­tled” and left un­con­scious in El­land fol­low­ing a late-night street attack. The vi­o­lence erupted af­ter drunken Lee Hirst, 28, con­fronted James Garside on Elin­sore Av­enue and asked him:”Do you know who I am?”

Mr Garside said he knew it was Lee Hirst, but he was then punched spark­ing an attack by the group of males who had been walk­ing with Hirst.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bashir Ahmed said Mr Garside tried to flee af­ter hear­ing some­one say they were go­ing to stab him, but he fell as he ran down nearby Vic­to­ria Road and was sur­rounded by two or three males.

Brad­ford Crown Court heard that among that group was then 18-year-old Jor­dan Bland who used a beer bot­tle he was car­ry­ing to hit Mr Garside over the head.

Mr Bashir said oth­ers in the group con­tin­ued to kick and punch Mr Garside while he was on the ground and he even­tu­ally be­came un­con­scious.

Fol­low­ing the attack last Oc­to­ber Mr Garside man­aged to get back to his home where he was as­sisted by his fa­ther.

He had a va­ri­ety of cuts, bruises and swellings, but didn’t need treat­ment.

As Mr Garside was be­ing at­tacked his friend Michael Chap­pel, who had sought refuge in his car, was con­fronted by Hirst and dur­ing a strug­gle over his car keys the com­plainant suf­fered a frac­tured fin­ger. Hirst, who had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for sim­i­lar of­fences of street vi­o­lence, was jailed for a to­tal of 60 weeks af­ter ad­mit­ting to as­sault­ing Mr Garside and com­mon as­sault in re­spect of Mr Chap­pel.

Judge Sav­ill told Hirst, of Winch­ester House, Sowerby Bridge, that he had been the “cat­a­lyst” for the vi­o­lence that night and he said his pre­vi­ous record of sim­i­lar of­fend­ing was one of the highly ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures of the case.

The judge noted that some of Hirst’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions had also in­volved him be­ing drunk and in a group which meted out un­pro­voked and un­war­ranted vi­o­lence.

Bland, now 19, of South Lane, El­land, was sent to a young of­fend­ers in­sti­tu­tion for a year af­ter plead­ing guilty to as­sault­ing Mr Garside.

The court heard that the teenager had gone to the po­lice to ad­mit what he had done that night and Judge Sav­ill said he had given care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion as to whether he should sus­pend his sen­tence.

But he said the cir­cum­stances of the attack and the fact that a bot­tle had been used meant Bland had to serve his sen­tence im­me­di­ately.

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