Man locked up for brutal street attack

A MAN who punched his victim repeatedly in the face while he was unconscious has been handed a suspended sentence.

Matthew Newell, 24, from Malham Road, Rastrick, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident on July 30, last year.

Bradford Crown COurt heard how the victim of the attack had been to a birthday party in Rastrick and was walking home, down Delph Hill, with friends when he saw Newell with three friends.

He was walking round with his shirt off the man asked one of Newell’s friends what he was doing.

Newell said that a friend had been “sick on him and nearly died” and became aggressive.

The man apologised but Newell continued being aggressive and starting approaching the man asking him to hit him.

After a short scuffle they both ended up on the floor and Newell was sat on top of his victim.

The court heard that he proceeded to punch him repeatedly for 10 to 15 seconds despite the man being unconscious.

A witness to the attack said the man was so badly beaten he was “unrecognisable” and his face was like a “pool of blood”.

The attack was so vicious he could only see out of one eye and had swelling to his retinas.

He couldn’t talk or breath properly and suffered headaches for weeks after the attack.

Newell was arrested on August 16 and admitted using excessive force, when interviewed by police.

His Honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said: “It was out of character and you were angry and drunk which is a lethal combination.

“It has caused your victim pain and suffering and has cost you your job.”

Newell was handed a nine month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 200 hours unpaid work.