Soldier kicked in brutal assault

A BULWELL man who stood over a teenage off-duty soldier and kicked him in the face during a brutal, unprovoked attack has been jailed.

Luke Stone (21), of Cheviot Drive, had been out ‘binge-drinking’ in Nottingham city centre with Aaron Winfield (19), of Broxtowe Lane, Aspley, a court heard.

They were on Clumber Street at 2.30 am on Sunday June 5 when they targeted Jamie Edwards — an 18-year-old Grenadier Guard based in Aldershot who was out in his home town with his fiancee.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mr Edwards was punched to the ground. Winfield kicked him while he was on the ground and Stone joined in.

Mr Edwards’s financee laid over him to protect him but she was hit too.

Paul Simpson (prosecuting) said: “Mr Edwards’ eyes rolled back and, frankly, at that point, she thought he had died.”

Both attackers pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm. Stone was jailed for four-and-a-half years and Winfield for four years.

The court heard that Mr Edwards was scheduled to fight for his country in Afghanistan but had to take sick leave after the attack.

He suffered a broken cheekbone and needed surgery. There were fears he would lose his sight, which would have ended his career, but he has since made a full recovery and rejoined his unit.

Adrian Reynolds (defending Stone) said his client wanted “to put his wild, teenage years” behind him after being released from a previous sentence for street robbery.