A MAN was headbutted and then kicked to the face while lying defenceless on the ground.
The victim, a man in his 50s, ended up with suspected fractured ribs and facial injuries.
The whole incident was captured on CCTV and was shown to a judge on a laptop.
Andrew Jones, 24, of Bryn Eglwys Road, Caia Park, Wrexham, admitted an assault charge in the early hours of March 23 outside The Penny Black bar in Wrexham and was jailed for 20 months.
The judge, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, told Mold Crown Court Jones calmly walked up to the victim and headbutted him. Jones then walked up to him and kicked him to the side of the head before leaving the scene.
“Not only did you headbutt him but when he was defenceless on the ground and had lost consciousness you kicked him to the head,” the judge said.
The use of his head, and the use of his shoe, were akin to using weapons, he said.
Mr Justice Baker told Jones there were a number of aggravating features: He was affected by alcohol, it took place during darkness in a public place and, significantly, he had a history of violence.
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, said there had been some kind of incident inside the bar and the victim had been asked to leave. Jones also left and was speaking to door staff.
The victim could not remember anything and was knocked unconscious.
But the CCTV showed Jones lunge at him and butt him and then, while he was lying motionless on the ground, he was kicked to the head, although relatively lightly.
CCTV showed that there had been contact. Jones was arrested after being pointed out as the attacker by others.
The victim had suspected fractured ribs, cuts to his nose, a swollen upper lip and other injuries. The attack meant he could not sleep, he had been put on light duties, his injuries embarrassed him and an injury to the head had left a scar.
Ceri Evans, defending, said Jones maintained the victim had been involved in an incident inside the club but accepted that did not justify what occurred.
Jones had a lengthy record for violence, which he put down to drink. He had shown genuine remorse and had been offered work as a forklift driver.
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