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DAD JAILED FOR ATTACK WITH HOCKEY STICK; Drunk man carried out example of 'pointless violence'.

Byline: Cara Simpson

A COVENTRY dad has been jailed for nine months after an alcohol-fuelled hockey stick attack on a man at a city bedsit.

Robert Johnson, of Paynes Lane, Hillfields, had only just met his victim at a house party when he carried out the brutal attack on May 8. Coventry Crown Court heard the 29-year-old had drunk more than a gallon of lager before falling asleep on the sofa.

When he woke up he found a man he had never met sitting beside him on the sofa and started hitting him with a hockey stick.

The victim was left with head wounds and had to be treated in hospital.

Ian Ball, prosecuting, told the court how Johnson reacted angrily to seeing the man when he woke up and walked across the room to a hockey stick, which had been leaning against a nearby wall, before swinging it into the back of the other man's neck.

Mr Ball said: "The blow cut into the back of his head.

"Johnson raised the stick again and, in anticipation of what might happen, the victim put his left arm out to block the blow."

Bleeding and in pain, the victim found the strength to bring Johnson to the ground and the defendant quickly fled the scene.

Mr Ball said the victim ran to a nearby house to get help for deep wounds at the back of his head.

Police were called while the victim was taken to University Hospital, Walsgrave, and others at the party contacted Johnson to tell him what had happened.

He later handed himself in to police and claimed to have no recollection of the incident, although he admitted having drunk a significant amount of alcohol.

He admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a previous court hearing.

It also emerged he had 58 previous convictions including assault offences. Sukhvinder Pawar-Price, defending, said Johnson suffered from the mental health disorder bipolar and said his problem with alcohol spiralled out of control after the death of his mother eight weeks before the incident.

She said: "The defendant was not able to explain what had happened although he accepts he was intoxicated at the time."

Judge Charles Harris QC said: "This is another example of pointless violence by a person in drink."

Johnson was sentenced to nine months in prison.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 18, 2012
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