AN attacker who viciously kicked another man to the face after he had been knocked to the ground in the street has been arrested after failing to turn up at court.
And at Warwick Crown Court, Ashley King was jailed for ten months after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
That was the same sentence a Warwick man had been given at the court earlier this year for his part in the attack.
Prosecutor Laura Hobson said that in November last year victim Brian Walker had been drinking all day in Leamington.
He became involved in an argument in the Loose Box bar with 25 year-old Aaron Carter, with whom he had ‘a history,’ and two women.
Later, outside the bar in Bedford Street, CCTV cameras showed a heated exchange between the two women and Mr Walker who kept trying to back away down the street.
He was repeatedly pushed and grabbed, and after he turned and pushed them away they began to attack him as he again tried to walk away from them.
Carter then became involved and, after first trying to act as a peacemaker by pushing Mr Walker and the two women apart, both he and King threw a punch at him.
And when Mr Walker went to the ground 21 year-old King landed a heavy kick to his face, followed by two further kicks from Carter.
As a result of the attack, Mr Walker suffered a fracture to a facial bone, a broken nose, a chipped tooth and bruising.
Miss Hobson pointed out that earlier this year Carter of Chesford Crescent, Warwick, was jailed for ten months after he had also admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
King, of Bond Street, Stirchley, Birmingham, who had two convictions for battery, and Carter did not know each-other, and Miss Hobson observed: “It seems this defendant got involved in an argument he had no part in.”
Having been represented by a duty solicitor in the magistrates court, King had no legal representation for the crown court hearing, and was asked if he wanted the case adjourned.
But he pointed out he had already been in custody for around three months since the bench warrant was executed, and said he wanted to be dealt with straight away.
And Recorder Sam Mainds told him: “I’m going to sentence you to the same as Carter got. You have already served part of that on remand.”