Thug’s Usain Bolt pose over victim

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court
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A drunken thug carried out a cowardly unprovoked attack on a student then made a Usain Bolt-style pose as his victim lay unconscious, a court heard.

Christopher Place, 22, was jailed for two years this week over the sickening violence in a pub beer garden.

Victim Bradley Jennings, 19, had to undergo surgery after suffering a fractured cheek bone and eye socket in the attack outside the George, in Cleckheaton.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Jennings was standing outside talking to friends and enjoying himself when Place suddenly attacked him from behind without warning. The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident on December 22 last year in which Place can be seen with his hood up walking around before launching into the attack, striking him twice to the head.

Mr Jennings could be seen being knocked down as people come to his aid. Place then left the area.

Patrick Gallagher, prosecuting, said Place was seen make a “Usain Bolt gesture”, a reference to the Olympic sprinter’s famous victory pose.

Mr Gallagher said Mr Jennings needed an operation after suffering nerve damage as a result of the blow. He added that the victim was now wary of going out socialising and still felt numbness around his face as a result of the attack.

Place, of Shirley Avenue, Gomersal, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Mark Brooks, mitigating, said Place accepted he would have to go immediately to jail for what he had done.

He described the attack as an act of stupidity committed after Place had been drinking.

Jailing Place, Recorder Richard Wright, QC, said: “Probably only you can answer why you involved yourself in an attack on a 19-year-old student who was simply drinking and enjoying his evening.

“You broke his facial bones and you fractured an eye socket and he required surgery.

“This was a targeted attack and, in my view, it was premeditated. You came along with your hood up, you identified your victim and then you attacked him.

“This was a night time attack in a public place and you carried on punching while he was on the ground.”