A Hucknall man who stamped on someone’s head in a drunken attack in Mansfield town centre could have been facing a murder charge, a court heard.
Anthony Graves (22), of Laughton Crescent, was given a suspended prison-sentence after clashing with Daniel Lomas on Leeming Street at 4.22am on 12th July..
Tracey Ross (prosecuting) told Nottingham Magistrates’ Court that a “heated discussion” led to Lomas head-butting Graves.
“Graves got up and punched Mr Lomas in the face,” said Miss Ross. “As Mr Lomas was putting his glasses back on, Graves came storming across again, punched him for a second time and then stamped on his head while he was on the floor.”
“When later interviewed by police, he accepted he had been drinking heavily.”
Graves pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Mr Lomas, with intent to cause or provoke violence.
The chairman of the Bench, Mr G.M.Walker, told him: “The stamp on the head could have led to a murder charge.
He said Graves was showing “a propensity towards violence” after noting that the offence came only four months after he had been arrested, and charged, for a similar incident in Nottingham city centre.
Nichola Thorpe (defending) said Graves accepted his reaction to being head-butted was “over the top”.
She said he suffered from depression after a history of self-harming and being bullied at school.
“His depression makes him drink too much, and when he drinks, his temper sometimes gets the better of him.,” said Miss Thorpe.
“He has had behavioural problems and is soon to be assessed for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder).
“He would like to get some help, move forward and learn how to drink responsibly.
Graves was handed a 120-day jail term, suspended for 18 months. He was also placed under an electronic curfew for 90 days, during which time he must stay at his home address between 7 am to 7 pm.
The court also ordered that he be supervised by the probation service for 18 months and attend ten sessions on alcohol use. He must pay court costs of £85.