Thug, 21, kicked man on the floor

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A thug who kicked his victim more than 25 times, as his victim lay on the floor, was jailed for 30 months by a judge in Preston.

Liam McDonald, 21, kicked Jordan Smith so hard he suffered a broken arm trying to protect his face, the city’s crown court heard.

“This was a very serious assault - a bad example of assault by kicking,” said Recorder Anthony Russell QC.

“There is considerable public concern, and by the courts too, when people resort to kicking to inflict injuries on others.”

McDonald, of Fletcher Road, Preston, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Smith in the communal kitchen of charity-run flats where they were both living at the time. The court heard the attack was unprovoked.

McDonald was with two other men at the time and did not say a word as he knocked Smith to the ground and then attacked him.

“There were between 25 and 30 kicks, mainly aimed at his face,” said Emma Kehoe, prosecuting.

Mr Smith has since suffered from sleeplessness and was anxious about going out. He had fallen behind with his college work as a result of the attack. McDonald, who had a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer, accepted he kicked Mr Smith while he was on the floor, said Michelle Watson, defending.

“But he is keen for the court to accept that he isn’t the kind of man who is usually violent or confrontational.

“He also wants the court to know that, while he has been in custody for this offence, he has found his incarceration very distressing.

“He is not coping well in a custodial environment.

“Two years ago he was the victim of an assault where he was on the floor, his face was on a piece of glass and he was stamped on, causing considerable scarring to his face.”

Judge Russell rejected a plea for a suspended sentence, and told McDonald: “You yourself were a victim of a serious assault a couple of years ago and, in one sense, it makes it even worse that you should choose to inflict this on someone else.”

The judge said the attack seemed to be “completely unprovoked, vicious and sustained”.

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