Man ‘fighting for his life’ in night attack

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A man said he thought he was “fighting for his life” when he was attacked by two men outside a pub in Chorley.

Brandon Cody, 37, and Paul Ashton, 30, are now starting jail sentences after assaulting the man as he tried to walk away.

Preston Crown Court saw the man being punched and kicked during the attack which was captured on CCTV.

Both men initially denied they were involved, later pleading guilty after being shown the footage,

Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, told the court the victim had been to the Swan With Two Necks pub in Chorley with his wife, but when they entered the pub a group of men began shouting verbal abuse at them.

The victim, who has not been named, took his wife home and returned to the pub to collect his friends, the court heard.

But the abuse continued and the victim found himself in a scuffle on the steps of the pub. Mr Baldwin said: “All three men were punching him - he himself threw several punches to try and get away from these three males.

“He said at one stage he thought he was fighting for his life.”

The victim managed to leave and was walking on Park Road but was followed by two men.

At one stage the victim shook hands with one of the men but seconds later he was punched from behind by both defendants.

Cody, of Fraser Avenue, Penwortham, was seen hitting the victim and Ashton, of Sumpter Croft, Penwortham, kneed him in the face while he was on the floor before kicking him.

The court heard Cody has a history of drunk and abusive behaviour but has his own business as a roofer, employing six people. Ashton, the court heard, has abstained from alcohol since the attack.

Judge Heather Lloyd 
sentenced Cody to 38 weeks and Ashton to 30 weeks.

She said: “Neither of you have shown any remorse.”