A thug viciously attacked a drinking pal in a Blackpool club because he was getting too close to his girlfriend – and then bragged about it on Facebook.
Thomas Lamb, 21, told his mother: “He deserved it. He shouldn’t have touched my girlfriend.”
He deserved it. He shouldn’t have touched my girlfriend
Lamb has now been locked up for a total of four years for the attack – and another assault – which happened in Club Sanuk on the Promenade, Blackpool, on February 16 last year.
Lamb had pleaded guilty to offences of possessing a drug with intent to supply, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Guy Mathieson, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the defendant and others, including his victim, had all got a minibus to Blackpool.
It appears that Lamb took offence at the attention the other male was paying to a young woman.
The court heard Lamb struck him and this was followed by a number of further punches while the victim lay defenceless on the ground.
He ended up with multiple areas of small bruising, as well as swelling and bruises to his right eye and nose.
The group met up back at the home of Lamb’s mother.
When she saw the state Lamb’s victim was in she challenged her son, who told her: “He deserved it. He shouldn’t have touched my girlfriend.”
Lamb was said to have boasted or bragged on Facebook about what had happened.
Several days later, Lamb, of Broadway, Lancaster, had attacked someone in Lancaster city centre.
That victim had suffered a displaced facial fracture which needed plates and a screw inserted during surgery.
Before those two offences of violence he had been caught with £770 of ecstasy tablets. His mother had contacted police to say he was dealing drugs.
Paul Humphries, defending, said Lamb had not been in a good place in his life in February last year. However, since then he had made significant changes in his life.
Mr Humphries said: “He has himself paid for an anger management course, at £60 a session.
“He wasn’t working at the time of the offences, but now has a permanent job available to him.
“He has managed to address his drink, ecstasy and steroid issues. A mixture of alcohol and steroids had been making him aggressive.”
The barrister said that if sent to jail, custody would devastate Lamb’s life, putting everything he has achieved in the last 12 months at risk.
But the judge, Recorder Andrew Long, said in passing sentence, “an immediate custodial sentence of some length is inevitable here”.