Man should get award says judge

Preston Crown Court
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A judge has commended a man from Blackpool who tried to catch an attacker who had kicked a man and left him unconscious by a fishing pond.

Michael Wallbank chased Timothy Palin, 18, grabbed him and tried to take his photograph when he saw Palin kick his victim in the head.

You could have killed this man with that kick and you are lucky is isn’t anything nearly as serious as that.

Judge Andrew Woolman

Preston Crown Court heard Palin had been fishing unlawfully with a group of four other teens at a pond close to the De Vere Hotel.

But when the victim told them they were not allowed to fish there, Palin attacked him, forcing him to the ground and kicking him in the head.

He was left unconscious and suffered a black eye and cuts and bruises to his face.

His teeth were dislodged in the attack.

When the police arrived, he was dazed and confused but had regained consciousness. He had to spend a night in hospital.

Palin admitted causing actual bodily harm and appeared at Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.

Judge Andrew Woolman, sentencing, told him: “You could have killed this man with that kick and you are lucky is isn’t anything nearly as serious as that.”

The court heard Palin had fallen in with a bad crowd and had been smoking cannabis but was addressing his drug use under the terms of a community order handed to him in May after he assaulted a police officer.

Judge Woolman said: “You are 18 now – grown up. In some ways this was silly, juvenile behaviour.

“I suspect part of it was wanting to impress the group you were with.

“I am not going to cause real damage to your life by imprisoning you, but I could.”

He handed Palin six months’ youth detention suspended for two years with 150 hours of unpaid work and £90 compensation to his victim for loss of earnings.

After passing sentence, Judge Woolman added: “I think Mr Wallbank was quite a brave man.

“It wasn’t just the defendant, there were four or five other teens there.

“I think he ought to have a commendation.”