A DRUNKEN thug who punched a man to the ground and stamped on his head repeatedly in an unprovoked attack in a city centre bar has been jailed for six years.
Luke Stewart left his victim with head injuries including a fractured eye socket after the attack in Yates’s’ Wine Lodge in Leeds city centre.
Leeds Crown Court heard the attack happened during a night out on ‘Mad Friday’, four days before Christmas, on December 21 last year.
David Lampitt, mitigating, said the victim was enjoying a drink with his friend when Stewart approached him for no apparent reason and began shadow boxing in front of him.
Mr Lampitt said Stewart told the victim that he could “beat him up” but then walked away without doing anything more.
The prosecutor said: “He then came back and was rather more aggressive. The complainant says he does not remember much else.”
“What seems to have happened is that the defendant initially punched (the victim) in the face.
“He fell to the ground and was then stamped upon.”
Mr Lampitt said a member of the bar staff recalled Stewart stamping on the victim at least three times.
The victim needed surgery after suffering a fractured eye socket and a wound to his left ear.”
Stewart, of The Drive, Carlinghow, Batley, was arrested and shown CCTV footage of his attack. He told officers he could not remember what he had done but said he was sorry.
Lindsey Lobley, mitigating, said: “He was shocked and disgusted with what he was saying. He said he was really sorry for what happened and would like to make it up to the victim.”
Stewart pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
Miss Lobley said Stewart had mixed the medication he was taking with alcohol before going out on the night of the offence.
She added that Stewart had also been feeling under pressure due to family problems.
The court heard Stewart has previous convictions but had not been in trouble for seven years.
Jailing him, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “For a reason which is not quite apparent, unless it is something to do with your macho attitude...you got yourself into a confrontation with another customer in the wine bar. You punched him and knocked him down and then you stamped repeatedly on his head.”
The judge added: “Even if you had never been in trouble before, you would be in a serious predicament now.”