A DRUNKEN man was found unconscious with severe injuries in a Wrexham street.
John Maddocks, 32, of Warwick Avenue, Wrexham, was jailed for two years after he admitted a wounding charge and he received an additional 12 months for being in breach of his early release licence from an earlier prison sentence for robbery.
Judge Gareth Edwards QC, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said it had been an appalling attack. 'When that man was prone on the ground you kicked him very hard indeed more than twice. The injuries are extremely serious.'
In view of the provocation, the sentence was reduced to three years, and the credit for his guilty plea meant it would be reduced further to two years.
'I cannot bring it down any further. What you did went far beyond any self-defence.' the judge told him.
The court heard how the victim, Geoffrey Foster, had drunk a half bottle of whisky on the day of the attack.
He could remember nothing of the incident but woke up in hospital.
Prosecuting barrister Andrew Jebb told how a man named Paul Jones, whose job it was to patrol council-owned property, had at 2.10am on August 18, seen two women and a man shouting in the street in the Hightown area.
He returned a short time later to see a man lying in the road, unconscious and badly injured. Mr Jones raised the alarm and put the victim, who was in a pool of blood, in the recovery position.
He was unconscious when he arrived at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and was found to have a fractured left cheek, bruising and swelling to the head and an injury to the forehead.
Maddocks was found nearby with the two women. His clothes were ripped and he said he had been in a row with his girlfriend. There was no blood on his clothes and he was allowed to go but later arrested.
Interviewed, he told how he was walking home with two young women when a man had started pestering them.
He claimed the man would not leave them alone and Mr Foster had then taken his glasses off and wanted a fight.
Maddocks claimed he initially ignored him but admitted punching him twice to the face, and kicking him twice, once to the head and once to the body.
Defending barrister Andrew Green said it was not a planned attack. Maddocks had reached a turning point, enrolled on a NEWI course and was angry with himself over what had happened.