Thug who kicked a 64-year-old man in the head avoids jail

A cafe chef who kicked a 64-year-old man in his head as he lay on a pavement has narrowly avoided an immediate jail term.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 12th January 2016, 5:15 am
Liam Jones from Lostock Hall caught on CCTV kicking a 64 year old man
Liam Jones from Lostock Hall caught on CCTV kicking a 64 year old man

Liam Duboulay-Jones, of Avondale Drive, Lostock Hall, near Preston, was sentenced to 26 weeks suspended for two years by Judge Recorder Narayan after admitting causing actual bodily harm.

The 19-year-old defendant, who must pay his victim £250 in compensation, handed himself in after a CCTV appeal on Preston Police’s Facebook page, on which he had made comments and partial admissions.

A shocking picture issued by police shows the moment he attacked the man.

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Preston Crown Court court heard the victim had been punched by someone else and had ended up on the ground outside a bar on the evening of November 26 last year.

Duboulay-Jones, a chef at Brucciani’s coffee shop on Fishergate, Preston, had been chatting to a friend at a cash machine, but was then seen kicking the man in the head as he tried to get up, knocking him unconscious.

Several members of public came to his aid.

In a previous hearing before magistrates, defence solicitor Steve Scott said the man had allegedly made a racist comment, but that Duboulay-Jones did not seek to justify his actions.

The court heard the victim did not wish to press charges. He had asked that a £100 fee from a caution from the man who initially punched him was donated to charity.