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Nelson lout roared as he attacked innocent man
1:25pm Monday 2nd July 2012 in Nelson
A DRUNK lout who attacked an innocent man in the street was ‘roaring’ as he did so, a court was told.
Jordan Wilcox, 20, had set upon Claude Thompson for nothing, after accusing him of laughing at him.
Wilcox was at the time on a suspended jail term for taking part in trouble which led to three men being attacked and injured.
Wilcox had admitted battery in breach of the suspended term and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates.
The defendant, of Tavistock Street, Nelson, was sent by Burnley Crown Court to a young offenders’ institution for six months.
Alaric Bassano, prosecuting, said Mr Thompson had parked and was walking home in Barnoldswick when the defendant dropped his mobile phone. It fell to pieces and as Wilcox picked them up, he asked the victim: “Are you laughing at me?”
Mr Thompson continued to walk and ignored Wilcox, but then felt a punch to the side of his face. He said the defendant was roaring, with clenched fists in the air and was very drunk.
The defendant had 11 previous convictions and had received the six months in detention, suspended for two years, with a curfew and supervision, after being convicted of affray.