A THUG kicked a four-year-old boy and slapped a girl aged ten during a series of violent random attacks after he came of a Job Centre in a temper.
Levi Woodhouse left the little boy crying and deeply distressed after kicking him “like a football” as he walked along the street with his mum.
Woodhouse, 30, was jailed for two years and eight months over the rampage which took place after he came out of the Job Centre in Leeds city centre on February 20 this year.
Phillip Adams, prosecuting, said Woodhouse walked up to a woman in Queen Street and punched her in the eye as she was about to get into a taxi.
Woodhouse then walked off towards the Headrow and kicked the toddler as he was drinking from a juice bottle. The court was shown CCTV footage of the youngster being lifted off the ground and landing on his back.
The thug then barged into the ten-year-old girl and slapped her across the face as she was walking near Park Lane College with her 72-year-old grandfather.
The pensioner challenged Woodhouse but was then punched in the face, causing his glasses to break.
Woodhouse, of Woodsley Road, Burley, Leeds, was arrested 12 days later when he returned to the Job Centre and was recognised by a security guard.
He pleaded guilty to three offences of common assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Kate Bissett, mitigating, said her client had an anger management problem. She added: “He accepts these attacks were wholly disgraceful, unwarranted and unnecessary and he fully accepts the consequences of his actions.”
Jailing Woodhouse, Recorder Jeremy Barnett said: “You kicked him like a football.”
Det Insp Marc Bowes, of Leeds District CID, said: “These were sickening and completely unprovoked attacks on innocent children and adults who were randomly targeted by Woodhouse purely because he was angry and wanted to take out his frustrations on anyone nearby.
“His actions demonstrate that he is clearly a danger to others and the streets are certainly safer now with him behind bars.”