Attacker tried to bribe victim

The Lime Lounge in Cleveleys.
The Lime Lounge in Cleveleys.
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A MAN has walked free from court after kicking another man in the head while he lay on the ground.

Ryan Ramsden’s victim was “helpless on the floor” when the 27-year-old kicked out at him during the assault in Cleveleys nightspot Lime Lounge.

And in the aftermath of the incident, in October last year, Ramsden, of Chester Avenue, Cleveleys, then attempted to bribe his victim to drop the case.

At Preston Crown Court yesterday, Ramsden – who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice – was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, 100 hours’ community work and was ordered to pay £500 in compensation and £500 costs.

Ramsden’s co-defendants, Darren Welsh, 31, of Medlock Avenue, Fleetwood, and Stuart Crane, 31, of Murchinson Grove, Anchorsholme, also appeared in the dock with him and were handed 12-month long community orders with six-month midnight to 7am curfews after pleading guilty to common assault.

The court heard the three had been out with friends in October 2011 when a scuffle broke out with another group, which eventually led to Welsh punching the victim and Crane slapping him, causing him to fall to the floor.

William Donnelly, prosecuting, said: “While he was helpless on the floor and no threat, bearing all the signs of being unconscious, Ryan Ramsden was seen to kick him to the head with his foot.

“He went on to be taken to hospital with concussion.

“He had suffered bruising and swelling to his right eye and cheek.”

In his basis of plea, Ramsden said the initial argument had not involved him and he bought a round of drinks to calm everyone down.

Then in January, Ramsden had been back in the Lime Lounge when he had seen his victim and offered him £1,000 to drop the charges.

Peter Horgan, defending Ramsden, said he had initially acted as a peace-maker and there was “another side” to him, while Kevin Donnelly, defending Welsh, said he had not instigated the argument and it was “out of character”, a statement reiterated by Crane’s barrister Brian Williams.

In passing sentence the judge, Recorder Rowena Goode, said she took Ramsden’s attempt to interfere with the course of justice by bribing his victim “extremely seriously”.

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