Bamber Bridge man who left victim with scar in Blackpool attack told police: "I lamped him"

A man who gave a heavy punch to a holidaymaker must do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:00 pm

Victim Byran Simpson, from Scotland, was spending a break in Blackpool with his friends when he was attacked on Clifton Street on July 12, 2019, Preston Crown Court heard.

Liam Gornall, 26, of Lodge Close, Bamber Bridge, Preston, told police he "lamped him".

Gornall, who is 6ft 3in, weighs nearly 20 stone, and is able to box, claimed he had acted in self defence after Mr Simpson, who had been trying to talk to him in a bar, pushed him and swore at him and then headbutted him.

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Crown Court

Prosecuting, Huw Edwards said Gornall admitted using excessive force.

He told the court Mr Simpson was sending the weekend with friends and was "a bit drunk".

The incident happened after the pair had been in the Temple Bar, and a pool of blood was left outside the venue.

The court heard shortly before midnight police saw Gornall standing over Mr Simpson on Clifton Street.

He told them: " I'm a head bouncer, he's just head butted me."

He admits affray and a charge of possessing cocaine from when he was searched the following day.

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Mr Simpson attended the Blackpool Victoria Hospital the following day as he had suffered swelling and bruises and a deep cut to his forehead which may permanently scar.

In a victim statement he said he had to take time off work.

Imposing a community order, Recorder Michael Maher said: "You said you "f***ing lamped him" - a pithy and shorthand way of describing a single heavy punch that floored him.

"It's a matter of luck, with someone of your stature, that his injuries were not catastrophic and I think you know that."

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