Drunken thug punched innocent stranger so badly
Rhys Lyndon chased Steven Corrie from a Plymouth pub, knocked him down and hit him on the ground - injuring his shoulder so badly he lost his job as a lorry driver
A drunken thug repeatedly punched an innocent stranger so badly he needed surgery to save his sight, a court heard.
Rhys Lyndon, 7, chased Steven Corrie from a pub in Plymouth after a minor argument.
The judge added that Lyndon only had one thing in his favour, but it allowed him to pass a suspended sentence.
He added that since the offence Lyndon had done well with probation on a community order for another offence.
Judge Townsend said: 「The prospect of rehabilitation is very strong and it is in the public interest that happens, to stop others becoming victims of senseless violence in the way that Mr Corrie has.」
Lyndon, of Mutley, pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding a man causing grievous bodily harm on January 5 last year.
Katie Churcher, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Corrie had been chatting to several strangers in The Eagle pub in Coxide on the night of January 4.
She added that there was a 「slight altercation」 when another man pushed him.
Miss Churcher said: 「He responded by putting his hands up and saying, 'what was that about?'
The barrister said the incident fizzled out until Mr Corrie left the pub in the early hours.
She added that first one man walked up to him as he walked along a road and said: 「It probably was his fault.」
Miss Churcher said Mr Corrie told him to 「forget it」 and walked away.
But she added that Lyndon came running down the street and punched the victim to the right side of the face.
Miss Churcher said: 「He was left on the floor and this defendant punched him several more times to the face.」
The court heard Lyndon walked back to the pub while Mr Corrie flagged down a taxi and called the police.
The defendant was soon arrested and was later picked out of an identification parade by the victim.
Miss Churcher said Mr Corrie had a broken bone near his eye.
She added: 「He needed an emergency operation to release the pressure and save his sight. He has suffered ongoing pain due to his shoulder and has had to change his job.」
The barrister read a statement from the victim, who said: 「The last 12 months have been the most difficult and trying of my entire life. Prior to the assault, I worked as a long distance lorry driver but I could not return.」
He added that he could not drive any vehicle due to the pain of changing gear.
Mr Corrie said: 「This has had an effect on my mental health and left me financially crippled.」
The court heard that he had found work as a security guard but relied on lifts.
Ali Rafati, defending Lyndon, said: 「He is desperately sorry for what he did. He has tried to put his life back on track. He has worked hard with probation and has not committed any offences since January.」
「He has said he could not recall the man he had struck because of his poor state of intoxication or put forward any reason for the assault, because there is no reason.」
The barrister said that despite Lyndon’s prompt arrest the case had suffered from the police practice of releasing suspects under investigation – so taking a year to reach sentencing.
Judge Townsend handed Lyndon an 18-month prison sentence, but suspended it for two years.
He must have nine months of alcohol treatment and receive mental health treatment.
Lyndon must undergo 16 days of probation supervision and stay indoors at night for three months on a tagged curfew.标签：