Thug kicked man in the face like football

Rumours and Hush, Blackpool
Rumours and Hush, Blackpool
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A thug kicked a man in the face “as though he was kicking a football” after a row at a resort nightclub.

Michael Dixon was punched in the head and knocked to the ground before being kicked by Curtis Thomas and Justin Lindsay, Preston Crown Court was told.

The pair denied being responsible following their arrest, but were forensically linked to the crime through blood and skin on their footwear.

Thomas, 28, of Hermefield Road, Birmingham, and 27-year-old Lindsay of Fordfield Road, Birmingham, both pleaded guilty yesterday to an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Rachel White, prosecuting, said Mr Dixon was staying at a hotel in the resort and out with a couple at the time on October 27 last year.

He recalled leaving Hush, going on to Talbot Square and crossing the road, but had no recollection of what happened after that.

One of his companions had been dancing with her partner in the Hush club when she was approached by one of the defendants who apparently wanted to dance with her.

He pushed her across the dance floor, causing her to fall. Lindsay went on to be thrown out of the club.

She, her partner and Mr Dixon left the club. Lindsay and a group of six or seven others began to follow them, the court heard.

Miss White said: “The three did their best to ignore them, but some of the others came close behind them. She describes Curtis Thomas punching Mr Dixon hard to the side of the head.”

Mr Dixon ended up flat on his back and passed out. 
Thomas then kicked him hard to the face, as though kicking a football.

The prosecution added that Mr Dixon’s blood was found on Lindsay’s shoes. Thomas had skin debris on the toe of his left shoe.

Both were given 12 months’ jail, suspended for 18 months, with 250 hours’ unpaid work and six months long curfews, running from 11pm-5am 
every night. Each was told to pay £300 compensation.