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Killer jailed for another drunken street attack

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  • by Tony Gardner
 

A CONVICTED killer has been jailed for a violent attack in which his victim suffered brain injuries in an incident similar to one where he caused a man’s death.

Anthony Harrison, 27, knocked his victim unconscious in the unprovoked attack in the centre of Birstall.

The victim suffered bleeding on the brain and is still affected by his injuries more than six months later.

As a teenager Harrison was given a three-year sentence for manslaughter after he caused the death of Ronnie Theodore.

Mr Theodore, 40, and his wife Josie were walking home after a night out in Heckmondwike when Harrison felled him with a single punch to his jaw.

Harrison, then 19, was with a group of friends, one of whom shouted an obscene sexual remark at Mrs Theodore which led to a confrontation.

Harrison’s latest attack - his fourth conviction for public violence - took place in Market Place at 11.30pm on November 30 last year.

The victim had been celebrating his birthday and was walking his girlfriend’s friend to a taxi rank when he was approached from behind by Harrison.

Leeds Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the attack in which Harrison punched the man four or fives time before leaving him motionless in the road.

He suffered bleeding to his brain and continues to experience dizziness as a result of the injuries. Harrison, of Allen Croft, Birkenshaw, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He was jailed for two years and told he must serve an extended licence period of four years. Judge Christopher Batty said: “In drink you are a violent and unpleasant man who is prepared to use your fists whenever you think it is necessary to do so. It doesn’t take much of a trigger to bring that about.”

 
 
 

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