Victim was punched, kicked, stamped on

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A FATHER-OF-FIVE who punched, kicked and stamped on a man in front of his partner has been jailed for nine months.

The judge said Mark Gledhill’s attack was “unprovoked and vicious”.

Gledhill, 31, had confronted Stephen Ormston and his girlfriend as they walked through a snicket in Elland in February.

Prosecutor Kathryn Walsh said Gledhill punched Mr Ormston until he lost consciousness despite the efforts of his victim’s girlfriend to pull him away.

After Mr Ormston got back to his feet he was attacked again and kicked in the head.

Miss Walsh said Gledhill continued the assault, stamping on his head.

When police arrived Gledhill, of Charles Street, Elland, claimed he had only tried to intervene in an argument between the couple but admitted assault on the day of his trial.

Barrister Abigail Langford said there was ill-feeling between the two men and her client was now ashamed. Bradford Crown Court heard Mr Ormston had lost several jobs as a painter because he had to take time off work.

The judge told Gledhill: “I have little doubt Mr Ormston’s partner found what was happening very, very frightening and she, with some courage, tried to pull you away and stop you.”