Thug sent to prison over Leeds nightclub bottle attack on two men

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A THUG has been jailed for carrying out a bottle attack on two men in a Leeds city centre nightclub.

Michael Henry, 28, attacked the men after they tried to stop him from hassling two women in the Space club on September 5 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the women approached the two victims and asked them for help. Henry became aggressive when the men spoke to him and he struck one of them on the head with a bottle.

Henry then struck the other victim before doormen could intervene.

Henry and one of the victims were then ejected from the club. The 29-year-old and two of his friends then carried another attack on the man in which he was punched and kicked to the floor.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said both victims needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruising to the head.

Police were called and Henry continued to be aggressive towards officers. He pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard the attacks happened shortly before Henry went on trial for blackmail after he was involved in kidnapping someone in a bid to extort money.

Henry, of Kelsall Terrace, Hyde Park, Leeds was found guilty and jailed for three years.

Keith Whitehouse, mitigating, said Henry was ashamed after he was shown CCTV footage of the bottle attacks.

He added that Henry was heavily drunk at the time of the incident.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, gave Henry a 20-month sentence and ordered that it run consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.

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