Street thug who was refused a chip broke the hip of his victim

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An INNOCENT member of the public was subjected to a violent street attack after he refused to give a drunken clubber some of his chips.

The attack on 53-year-old Grant Ancliffe left him with a fractured left hip which led to him feeling like a prisoner in the block of flats where he lived.

A court heard how Mr Ancliffe spent six days in hospital after undergoing surgery on his damaged femur, but was then sent home to the block which didn’t have a lift.

In a victim statement, he said it felt like being imprisoned because he could only leave the flat if he negotiated 50 steps on crutches.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said Mr Ancliffe was off work for three months and lost hundreds of pounds on two booked holidays which had to be cancelled due to his injury.

“Because of the injury he was unable to visit his hospitalised mother for three months,” added Mr Ritchie.

“He used to visit her four times a week and that caused his mother upset.”

Scott Innes, 40, of Winterburn Hill, Halifax, was jailed for 16 months after he admitted grievous bodily harm.

The attack took place last June near a takeaway in Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge.

The court heard Innes, who admitted he was “steamed” after 10 pints of lager and other drinks, had earlier been calmed down by police during a row with door staff at a nightclub.

Mr Ritchie said during his police interview it was suggested to Innes that he had approached Mr Ancliffe initially to ask him for some chips and had attacked him when he refused.

Innes told officers he didn’t remember, but he might have done.

The father-of-two confessed that when he drank he didn’t stop until he was “absolutely wasted”.

He said: “I just lose it a bit. I don’t know what happens to myself.”

Although Mr Ancliffe was punched and kicked during the attack, the court heard it was likely the fractured hip bone was caused when he was knocked to the ground. Innes’ last conviction for violence was nearly 20 years ago and Judge Peter Benson, at Bradford Crown Court, accepted that references in support of him suggested he was a hard-working, family man.

The judge noted that Innes had been smoking cannabis earlier in the day and had been drinking an “irresponsibly excessive” amount of alcohol before the attack.

“The most that could be said is that he refused your demand for some of his fish and chips and you set about him,” Judge Benson told Innes.

“You punched him so he fell to the ground and kicked him on several occasions, once in the face.”

The judge said the references showed there was another side to Innes when he was not in drink and he accepted he had expressed remorse and pleaded guilty to the offence.

But he said it had been a “gratuitous and violent attack” on an innocent man who had been set upon for no good reason.