A man who ran up and kicked a Blackpool man’s head ‘like taking a penalty kick’ at the Parklife Weekender in Heaton Park, Manchester, has been jailed.
Leon Wong, 32, was caught on mobile phone footage running at victim Jordan Holmes and booting him full in the face.
He had already punched Mr Holmes, 22, from Bispham, in the face and went on to attack his friend when he tried to intervene.
Wong, from Widnes, fled the scene after the attack – jumping into a stranger’s car before asking them to get him away from the scene.
But he was found after the couple saw appeals for information about the murder of Robert Hart, a festival goer who was killed on the same day after another attack, and contacted police.
Wong’s blood was found in the vehicle and though he was not connected to Robert’s death he was linked to assaults on Mr Holmes and his friend Andrew Bartholomew.
Wong has now been jailed for 18 months for the attack on Mr Holmes and four months for the attack on Mr Bartholomew, to run concurrently.
Wong, who has ten previous convictions for offences including common assault, possession of heroin and perverting the course of justice, pleaded guilty to one charge of actual bodily harm and one of grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
Crown Square court heard he had been talking to a woman in the Kaluki tent at Parklife, on Friday June 7, when he was attacked by two men.
He then mistakenly believed Mr Holmes and Mr Bartholomew were responsible – and launched his own savage attack.
It caused Mr Holmes to lose four of his teeth and both men suffered facial injuries and was described by a witness as like Wong was running up to take a penalty kick.
Charles Langley, defending, said his client had been “disgusted and shocked” when shown footage of his actions, which happened in a “moment of madness”.
But Judge Atherton told Wong: “If ever there was a case of violence begetting violence this is it.
“A punch would have been one thing but I think the description given that it looks like someone running up to take a penalty kick at a football is much more accurate.
“That’s what struck me and someone present and the ball is the head, that could’ve caused very serious injuries. This could easily have been a case in which someone’s life was lost.”