Dozing duo jailed for knuckleduster attack

Stephen Molyneux

Stephen Molyneux

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Two men who launched a vicious unprovoked attack on a Blackpool reveller have been jailed.

Stephen Molyneux, 36, used a knuckle duster disguised as a belt buckle when he punched his victim in the face.

Michael McWilliam

Michael McWilliam

A taxi driver, who witnessed the attack, said the man “fell like a sack of spuds” to the ground.

Michael McWilliam, 38, then stamped on the victim’s head as he lay on the pavement.

The taxi driver, and a door supervisor who also saw the attack, called the police and Molyneux – who has almost 100 previous convictions including attacking his pregnant partner – and McWilliam were arrested close to the scene in Talbot Road.

Their victim, a kitchen worker, woke up in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being admitted with head and facial injuries.

If you do not wake up I will find you in contempt of court

He was unable to work for six weeks due to dizziness and hearing loss, from which he has still not made a full recovery.

In a victim impact statement, he said he no longer goes out into the town centre and socialises at friends’ houses as he has lost his confidence following the attack.

Throughout the sentence hearing at Preston Crown Court both men dozed in the dock.

McWilliam struggled to stay awake despite repeated warnings from the judge.

Judge Jacqueline Beech, sentencing, said: “If you do not wake up I will find you in contempt of court.

“Wake up McWilliam!”

The court heard the men – who were both drug addicts – had been drinking as they knew they would be going to prison.

Judge Beech jailed McWilliam, of Raikes Parade, Blackpool, for 32 months and Molyneux, of Powell Avenue, for 40 months.