Jail for thug who knocked man out

Roy Walker

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A THUG who knocked a man out in one punch was today waking up behind bars.

Roy Walker, of Yew Tree Road, Grange Park, hit his victim because he believed he had been called a “scouser”.

Walker argued with staff at a town centre takeaway on August 9 last year shortly before assaulting victim Jonathan Dugdale in what was described as an “unprovoked attack”.

CCTV footage showed Walker crossing Topping Street to punch his victim in the face, causing him to fall backwards hitting his head on the ground.

He was charged with two offences of actual bodily harm assault, one of common assault and another of possessing cannabis.

After watching CCTV footage of the incident Judge Jonathan Gibson at Preston Crown Court jailed Walker for eight months saying: “You laid him out cold.”

Walker claimed his victim – who had been wearing a Manchester United shirt – called him a “scouser”.

PC Mark Postlethwaite, from Blackpool CID, said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack, the victim was walking on the opposite side of the road and as Walker approached he had his hands by his side.

“When you watch the CCTV you can tell it’s a sickening assault, the victim is lucky to be alive.

“It was in part due to Walker being an ardent Liverpool fan.”

His victim had little recollection of the incident but suffered a sore jaw and a cut to the back of the head.

Richard English, defending, said: “He’s a man who doesn’t think, who uses his fists.

“Drink played its part. He is lucky Mr Dugdale didn’t suffer more serious injuries.

Preston Crown Court heard Walker was seen punching his partner in the street a week after the assault. One witness described the woman’s head as “bouncing” off the pavement.

He had previous convictions which included ABH and battery.