Man jailed for ‘brutal attack’

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A judge has jailed a 34-year-old man who carried out a “brutal attack” in front of dozens of parents and children at Hartshead Moor service station last summer.

Judge Jonathan Rose said the sustained violence in August last year was witnessed by members of the public on what should have a perfectly peaceful Saturday afternoon.

In fact John Blundell’s attack on his ex-partner’s new boyfriend Wayne Nelson was captured on a dashcam belonging to another motorist and the footage was shown in court before Judge Rose imposed a 16-month jail sentence.

Blundell had arranged to meet his ex-partner and her boyfriend at the service station to hand over his young daughter, but Bradford Crown Court heard Blundell knocked Mr Newton down three times and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

Despite suffering a fractured collarbone and other injuries Mr Newton, a scaffolder, had to drive his girlfriend and her daughter away from the scene after the attack.

Blundell, of Bower Grove, Seaforth, Merseyside, was not arrested until January this year, but during his police interview he admitted that he had “lost it”.

He claimed there had been some provocation and expressed remorse after being shown the dashcam footage.

Blundell, who had previous convictions for violence, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Judge Rose said Blundell had been in a rage at the time of the attack and had “put the boot in”.