‘Chance meeting’ attacker jailed

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A MAN who stamped on a stranger’s head, because he believed the victim had thrown a stone at his car, has been jailed.

Adam Kelly, 26, left his victim with a fractured jaw and covered in blood following the incident in North Street, Mirfield, on May 3 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Kelly had harboured a grudge after believing his victim had earlier thrown a stone at his BMW.

Driving home from work on May 3, Kelly saw a man walking in North Street. He stopped the car and went over to him, punching him to the ground.

Witnesses then saw Kelly stamp on the man’s face, chest and legs.

Kelly, of Wakefield Road, Lepton, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

In mitigation, the court was told Kelly’s attack was not premeditated but was a result of a chance meeting.

Judge Christopher Batty was given references from Kelly’s family and business associates, describing him in ‘glowing terms’.

The court heard he had been suffering panic attacks at the thought of being sent to prison and his defence barrister urged Judge Batty not to impose a prison sentence. But the judge said the offence was so serious that custody was necessary and jailed Kelly for 12 months.

Judge Batty said: “You punched your victim and stamped on him repeatedly. He was covered in blood and had a fractured jaw and was in a very sorry state when he gave his evidence many months after this incident.

“He did not deserve any of that.”